Crisis in Numbers

Sharp increases in infant mortality, maternal mortality and diseases including malaria, Zika and diphtheria lay bare the suffering of Venezuelans coping with the country’s deep economic crisis.
 
The Numbers:

  • Infant mortality rose 30% (to 11,466 cases) last year
  • Maternal mortality went up 65% (to 756 deaths)
  • Malaria cases increased 76%
  • Diphtheria—a disease previously controlled by immunization in Venezuela—cases up from 0 to 324
  • Shortages of roughly 85% of medicines

With doctors leaving the country “in droves,” Venezuelans left to cope “often barter medicine, post pleas on social media, travel to neighboring countries if they can afford it, or line up for hours at pharmacies.”
 
Source: Reuters

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