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Latin America and Caribbean Program
Global Links works in resource-poor communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Collaborating with partners at all levels – the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, the Ministries of Health in each country, municipal governments, local hospitals, health centers, and doctors in the field - ensures that Global Links projects will make a lasting improvement in each country’s healthcare infrastructure. These partnerships have always been essential components of our model of targeted aid through cooperation, and provide the framework for our mission.
A note on statistics:
All statistics come from the World Health Organization Global Health Observatory website. Unless otherwise noted, the figures are from 2008.
Infant Mortality Rate refers to the probability of an infant’s dying between birth and age one, per 1000 live births.
Maternal Mortality Rate is the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Due to the difficulty of gathering data on maternal mortality, which is defined as the annual number of deaths from any cause related to pregnancy or childbirth, these numbers are presented as a range.
For comparison, rates in the United States are
Life expectancy: 78
Infant Mortality Rate: 7
Maternal Mortality Ratio: 24 [20-27]