Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Does capitalism work?

For one million children in 2015, their first day of life was also their last.

Millions of children still die before reaching their fifth birthday every year, according the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than most high-income countries, and the odds of survival are closely linked to racial inequality: In 2013, infants born to African American parents were more than twice as likely to die as those born to white Americans.

The report estimates that if all mothers achieved secondary education, there would be 1.5 million fewer annual deaths of children under age 5 in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.3 million fewer in South Asia.

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