Let’s Go For That Sensationalistic Headline

May 30th, 2006 // 4 Comments

While the article is written with the native Namibians mortality rates in mind, I somehow think Brangelina‘s baby had a slightly better chance of survival. Those doctors and equipment that was flown in probably had something to do with it.

The infant mortality rate in Namibia, according to the CIA’s website, is 48.1 deaths per 1000 live births. In 2003, 21 percent of Namibians died of AIDS. Women are only expected to live to age 42 in Namibia. Men aren’t expected to live past their 44th birthday.

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By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. sita

    sensationalism at work here…

  2. Dancer

    I think this is part of the reason they gave birth in Namibia–to highlight the country and conditions AND to show that there is good hospital care if you are able to afford it. So many people think Africa is totally backwards in the health area which is just not true. Their are some fine hospitals in certain countries. Perhaps the publicity will generate dollars from tourism etc., that will further help the country.

  3. Suz

    Very tacky. The parents are American and did not grow up in anything resembling poverty. She had prenatal care and, undoubtedly, took care of herself as did the father. Not cool…

  4. jazz

    if the Namibians controlled their birth rate and practised safe sex, gee there would be a lot less suffering

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