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Incredible Progress for Bolivia's Infant Mortality

Posted: Jun. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

As far as medical news reports go, anything that has to do with an increase in infant mortality rates is as good as news can get for me. Good on Bolivia for fighting the good fight and improving their nutritional standards and public knowledge.

La Paz, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia reported in the last five years a 43-percent reduction of chronic malnutrition in infants, while the primary-assistance cover to pregnant women and childbirths in public centers increased.

The Health Ministry reported today that those results were achieved after implementation of the bond Juana Azurduy, a social project that will be five years old tomorrow, created by the Government to grant social assistance to pregnant women and newborn children.

"So far, the demand of assistance to pregnant women in health centers increased. There are also more childbirths assisted by medical personnel, among other achievements," Health Deputy Minister Martin Maturano said.


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