Hunting the European Stork with the infant mortality machine gun Timothy R. Mulcahey
Western Governors University
Life in the world is not easy. It never has been. Century after century we have progressed across the globe, dominating the regions which we inhabit. Along the way, civilizations and empires rose and fell; but all the while we slowly made progress in our understanding of development along issues of things such as hygiene, medicine, and health care. As centuries turned into millennium, we began to radically alter the manner in which we lived. By the 20th century, couples began to notice that it was no longer necessary to have nine or ten children in the hopes that half might survive. Technology, experience, and countless generations had taught us means of keeping our children alive. So why then in the beginning of the 21st century, do three European Nations still stun the world with infant mortality rates that are higher than places such as Africa, where soaring infant mortality is practically an accepted given? Come then, let us explore the circumstances of Turkey, Romania, and Albania; the top three nations in Europe who have the unfortunate luck of being the worst places to be born.
Where’s that Stork, and where’s my rifle?
As of May 1st, 2008 the worst three nations in Europe for Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), were Turkey, which stands at 36.98 deaths for every 1,000 live births. The country of Romania isn’t far behind with 23.73 and Albania coming in a strong 3rd with 19.31 deaths for every 1,000 live births. (CIA, 2008) While this may appear shocking, there are much worse areas in which one could be born. For example, no one comes close to the number one on the list, Angola, the country by which all others are shamefully measured. While they may be firing at the stork with machine guns over these parts of Europe, Angola not only shot the baby stork, but they plucked it, put it on a spit...
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