More Indigenous Babies in Brazil Have Died after Dismissal of Cuban Doctors

Infant mortality in indigenous communities has increased dramatically since the departure of Cuban doctors who worked in Brazil for the "Mais Médicos" (More Doctors) program.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Data from the Ministry of Health show a clear trend: between January and September 2019, 530 indigenous babies up to one year of age have died. This represents an increase of 12 percent compared to the same period in 2018.

In the first month after the end of the agreement with Cuba in January 2019, 77 deaths of indigenous babies were recorded. This is the highest rate for a single month since the census began in 2010.

The death rate of indigenous babies for the whole of 2019, at 545 cases between January and September, was . . .

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