Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?"
The King will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me." .......Matthew 25

Friday, October 9, 2009

Infant Mortality

Year Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births)

2003 75.94

2004 71.48

2005 70.89

2006 68.78

2007 58.45

2008 56.59

male: 63.76 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 49.1 deaths/1,000 live births

The Infant Mortality Rate is a pretty good general indicator of the health standards of any country. The IMR for Cambodia has been dropping steadily since 2003, and now averages about 56/1000 (2008). Despite the improvements, this is still pretty horrendous. Out of every 100 babies born, at least 5 will die before they complete their first year, with male children affected most. For comparison, Singapore's IMR was 2.1/1000 in 2008.

For a global ranking go here. Cambodia is ranked 44th worst IMR out of 219.

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