08/31/2011 12:45 pm ET | Updated Nov 01, 2011

U.S. Newborn Death Rate Higher Than Cuba, Malaysia

A new report from PLoS Medicine has disappointing data for the developing world and the United States.

U.S. babies are more likely to die during the first month of life than babies born in dozens of other countries, including Poland, Cuba and Malaysia, CBS notes.

“Prenatal care is not all created equal. There are areas of the United States where access to prenatal and preventive care is a real problem. It puts the mother at a disadvantage and contributes to premature births and death rate,” the study’s author Dr. Joy Lawn told CNN.

News Hour also points out that, according to the report, 99 percent of newborn deaths occur in the developing world.

However, the study revealed that fewer newborns are dying worldwide, but that Africa is falling behind the rest of the world, according to the World Health Organization. Africa has seen the least progress of any region in the world, with a reduction of just 1 percent a year.

The study is a 20-year analysis of newborn death rates around the world.

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