Social 03-08-2018

UN calls on Brazil for increase in infant mortality

The policies of the current Government of Brazil are increasingly restrictive and the vulnerable population pays the consequences, the UN warns.

Specialists from the United Nations (UN) in the area of human rights asked the administration of the de facto president, Michel Temer , to revise their austerity program as child motility continues to increase .

The infant mortality rate increased for the first time in Brazil in 2016, an alarming setback experienced by the country located in South America, since it had been controlled since 1990.

By 2016, Brazil had a balance of 14 infant deaths per thousand births, an increase close to five percent compared to the previous year, which was 13.3 percent.

Given this reality, the UN highlighted in a statement that "people living in poverty and other marginalized groups suffer disproportionately from the result of restrictive economic measures in a country that is considered an example of progressive policies to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion ".

To this reality joins the reappearance of hunger in Brazil, a country that had left the UN map for this type of shortages in 2014, thanks to the efforts of the governments of the Brazilian presidents, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva , and Dilma Rousseff .

For its part, the Ministry of Health reported that infant mortality was 26 years of sustained decline and suddenly increased.

In state entity details that the causes of this setback in which they lose their lives infants is due to the emergence of Zika virus and economic crisis that lived the country.

The UN asserts that "this increase is a cause for great concern, especially due to budgetary restrictions in the public health system and other social policies, which call into question the State's commitment to guarantee human rights for all, especially children and children. women".

They assured that the fiscal and financial decisions that have been taken in the country during the last years have affected the enjoyment of rights that the State must ensure to preserve as they are, "housing, water, education, safety and health "

Experts point out that current conditions continue to worsen existing inequalities.


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