for the tenth consecutive year, Cuba has maintained its infant mortality rate below five per thousand live births, it is enough reason to celebrate. But knowing that the reasons to celebrate go further, to verify that, at the end of 2017, the country reached the lowest infant mortality rate in its history, with 4 per thousand live births, is extraordinary.
This is corroborated by preliminary data offered to Granma by the Directorate of Medical Records and Health Statistics, which informs that in 2017, there were 114,980 births, 1,892 fewer than in 2016, and there were 465 deaths in children under one year old—32 less than in 2016—which is the lowest number of deaths so far recorded.
And if anyone has doubts about what this really means, it is perhaps illustrative to see to what extent the deaths of our children have been reduced, which in the year 1970 amounted to 9,173 deaths, with an infant mortality rate of 38.7.
“This indicator represents, first of all, the effort, sacrifice, commitment, and engagement of thousands of professionals who work in the maternal and child care services in the country. It tells us about the constant unity of the health system teams and the systematic work and collaboration between each of their areas. It is the expression of intersectionality in terms of the right to life. A gift of happiness from public health workers to Cuban families and the historical direction of the Revolution,” said Dr. Roberto Álvarez Fumero, head of the Maternal and Child Department of the Ministry of Public Health