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Pakistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world

Venezuela: The only South American country with infant mortality rates that have risen back to 1990s levels

Thompson Reuters

“……Venezuela’s infant mortality rate – defined as the number of deaths under one year of age – was 21.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 – up by 1.4 times the rate in 2008.
This is the equivalent to levels recorded in the late 1990s, meaning 18 years of progress may have been lost…..”

Somalia: Pediatric Surgical Conditions


Prevalence of Pediatric Surgical Conditions Across Somaliland

JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(1):e186857.
“…..The most common conditions encountered were congenital anomalies (33.8%) and wound-related injuries (24.6%)…  Nationally, an estimated 256 745 children have surgical conditions, with an estimated 88 345 to 199 639 children having unmet surgical needs.…”

More than 303,500 women – 99 percent of them in developing countries – died during childbirth in 2015, according to the World Health Organization. In addition, some 2.7 million babies died in their first month, mainly from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

Maternal-Infant Mortality

“……Hemorrhages, high blood pressure and infections accounted for three-fourths of maternal deaths.….”

Pediatric considerations in radiological emergencies: new recommendations


The reports, Pediatric Considerations Before, During, and After Radiological/Nuclear Emergencies, are available at and

and will be published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

10 brilliant technological innovations to save moms and babies

For many mothers and babies around the world, the first 48 hours after birth are the most dangerous of their lives. For eight years, Saving Lives at Birth—spearheaded by USAID—has challenged problem solvers worldwide to create innovative solutions to make birth safer and save lives.

December 12, 2012: The sixth anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School (28 people dead and 2 injured). :  Timeline

Scorn for Humanity: Adam Lanza kept a spreadsheet of 400 mass murderers, detailing their massacres and the weapons they used

Daily Mail

  • Lanza murdered 20 children, six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14/2012 
  • His list had 17 categories, including number of victims and what happened to killer 
  • It went all the way back to 1786 and ended with Derrick Bird’s 2010 massacre 

FBI Archives

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting


Hydoxyurea proves safe for African children with sickle-cell anemia


“…..About 300,000 babies are born with the disease each year; about 75 percent of them are in Africa, and about 1 percent in the United States……Hydroxyurea has been used for decades in the United States and Europe. But some early animal studies made researchers fear it would make African children more susceptible to local infections, particularly malaria.
The new study followed 600 children in Angola, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo who were given the drug for more than two years.
As with children in wealthy countries, taking the drug daily also made it far less likely they would die or need a blood transfusion because of their sickle-cell disease. They were about half as likely to suffer bouts of severe pain, and somewhat less likely to get other infections.
In an unexpected twist, investigators discovered that the children were about half as likely to get malaria while using hydroxyurea as they had been before the trial started. The reasons are not known……”

12/1/1958: A fire at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago kills 90 students and 3 nuns.





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