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Cuba shows health gains despite embargo

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7130.493i (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:493
  1. Cesar Chelala
  1. New York

    Recent official statistics from Cuba's ministry of public health show significant gains in some important health status indicators despite the trade embargo imposed by the United States.

    Infant mortality in Cuba by the end of 1997 had reached an all time low of 7.2 per 1000 live births, compared with 7.9 in 1996. Cuba now ranks among the 25 countries in the world with the lowest infant mortality.

    A reduction has also been observed in maternal mortality, which fell from 23.5 per 100000 live births in 1996 to 22.0 …

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