An otherwise under-the-radar story, brought to light by the Wall Street Journal, is now drawing attention to other parts of the globe. While many lose their lives in Syria due to bombings and terrorist activity, many newborns in Venezuela are losing their lives due to a lack of medical supplies.
Venezuela, once viewed as a “model for health care in Latin America,” is now experiencing an increasing rate of infant deaths. The healthy infants, only in need of clean hands, contract infection preventable only by unavailable supplies.
The Venezuelan government is doing its hardest to limit the rumors from spreading about the high mortality rates and lack of supply. They are accused of threatening those in the medical field with losing their job if they divulge statistics of newborn mortality. Does this fall under our responsibility to protect another country? If their own government can’t provide for its people, then what should be done?
Read full WSJ article here.
Photo Credit: https://blog.genoppinstitute.org/articles/2016/08/08/in-venezuela-newborn-mortality-rates-skyrocket-as-rolling-blackouts-and-supply-shortages-continue/