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Rates of infant mortality higher among indigenous children in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 02 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1379
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Toronto

    Indigenous children in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand experience higher rates of infant mortality, as well as injury and unintentional death, compared with non-indigenous children, a report has said.

    The Indigenous Children’s Health Report: Health Assessment in Action was authored by a group of international researchers based in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

    They found health status disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous children (0-12 years old) in all four countries. Infant mortality rates were 1.7 to 4 times higher in indigenous infants than in non-indigenous infants. For …

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