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Avoidable Child Deaths in Various Countries in the Western Hemisphere in 2015


The chart below lists avoidable child deaths in various countries calculated as the difference between the number of child deaths listed by UNICEF for 2015 and the numbers of child deaths there would have been if each country had Cuba’s child mortality rate. There is no excuse for any country in the Western Hemisphere having a child mortality rate higher than Cuba’s – a country that has been subjected to fierce U.S-led economic sanctions for over half a century. In all of Latin America and the Caribbean there would have been almost 136,000 fewer child deaths in 2015 alone if every country had a health care system as good as Cuba’s. In the United States there would have been 3,834 fewer child deaths in 2015 alone.

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