Infant Mortality Is A Matter Of Public Health
Infant mortality refers to the percentage of babies that die within the first year of life. In countries that are poor and undeveloped, there tends to be a high level of infant mortality. Preventable diseases and lack of access to clean water cause many babies to die.
The healthiest countries in the world have low rates of infant mortality. Families have access to clean water, and children have protection against preventable diseases. The odds of a healthy infant surviving the first year of life, and going on to have a long and productive life, are much higher in the world’s healthiest countries.