Preventable losses: Infant mortality increases in Venezuela

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Lancet Global Health

The health-care system collapse underway in Venezuela is a cause of utmost concern for its people and, increasingly, for the wider region. Declines in provision of basic services, such as childhood immunisation, malaria control, water, sanitation, and nutritional support, have led to increasing morbidity and mortality rates from an array of preventable diseases, including malaria, measles, and diphtheria. Secondary and tertiary care have also been greatly affected, due to declining investment, out-migration of providers, and spiralling hyperinflation that has driven the country and its people into poverty.  1  As is so often, and so tragically, the case, the most affected populations have been the most vulnerable: infants and children, their mothers, the poor (now the great majority of the populations), and indigenous people.

Beyrer C, Page K. Preventable losses: Infant mortality increases in Venezuela. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Jan 24. pii: S2214-109X(19)30013-0. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30013-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD