15. Malaysia is making big improvements in their country’s mortality rates and most notably among infants and maternity cases.
This country is experiencing a decrease in its mortality rate and has been so for the past 30 years. They currently have one of the lowest mortality rates found amongst developing countries. People view this rate as very good among developed countries too! Back in 1957 and up to 1989, the death rate dropped from 12.4 per 1000 people to 4.6! They also recorded a decrease in the infant mortality rate, which went down from 75.5 in 1000 births to a much more “normal” rate of 15.2. Along with this, maternity mortality rates also declined, which was excellent news for the country.
When looking deeper at the country and its mortality rates, it can be seen that the rural areas have a higher mortality rate than the urban areas. That has been credited to the use of maternal and child health services in the country. These have been able to help reduce the mortality rates in neonatal, infant, child, and maternal departments. The country now needs to focus on programs for specific ages and socioeconomic groups to help this country get its mortality rate even lower. There is a program in place that seeks to improve the population’s quality of life.