New Guinea Collapse
By Abigail Deery and George Garrett
In Papua New Guinea, there is a widespread health concern, for mothers and children are getting hugely affected. The infant mortality rate is extremely high. For example, the number of infants dying before reaching the age of 1 is 69 per 1,000 live births a year. The leading causes of these deaths are things which can be easily prevented, such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition, but New Guinea doesn't have the updated medicine to treat it. There are also more serious, less easily treatable diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis that are really affecting the greater population. These can all be prevented with vaccines. Also, the maternal mortality rates are additionally extremely high, for because of the falling economy they cannot afford the technology to healthily deliver a baby. The main cause of maternal death is obstetric hemorrhage, which is a problem relating to a huge amount of blood loss during child birth. In 2010, the maternal mortality rate for Papua New Guinea was 250 per 100,00 births. With this widespread health concern, health is another factor to the collapse of Papua New Guinea.
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