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Over 11,000 Children Under the Age of One Died in Venezuela in 2016

Venezuela released public health statistics for the first time in nearly two years this week, revealing skyrocketing infant and maternal mortality rates and a boom in the spread of diseases like malaria. Diphtheria, a disease Venezuela had fully eradicated by the 1990s, has returned.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LISSY DE ABREU Mothers and their newborns rest in a maternity center in Caracas, on December 15, 2011. According to the World Health Organization, Venezuela holds the first place in South America in cases of early pregnancy, with about 1,500 children born daily from …

Venezuelan Cancer Patients Protest Side Effects of Low-Quality Cuban Drugs

Breast cancer patients in socialism-ravaged Venezuela are demanding that the Venezuelan Institution for Social Security, which provides health care, provide them access to better quality medication. They claim the Cuban-made drugs they have been taking come with a host of side effects, including intense pain.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA -MARCH 31 : A woman takes part in an anti-government demonstration protesting for the shortage of medicaments in Caracas on March 31, 2016 (Photo by Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Socialism: Impoverished Venezuelan Hospitals Go ‘BYO Medicine’

Venezuelan hospitals have been forced to tell patients to bring their own bandages, gauze, and medicine as they run out of basic supplies, with doctors picking and choosing only the emergency room cases they believe they can help because of the limited equipment they have.

Patients lie on beds in an aisle of the emergency room at the Universitary Hospital in Merida, Venezuela. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Superbugs Could Pollute Pacific Ocean

The Environmental Protection Agency has found the lethal “superbug,” carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), in a sewage plant in Los Angeles that treats waste and releases it into the Pacific Ocean.

CRE Superbug (Reuters)

Study: Governments More Likely to Break Environmental Law Than Private Firms

Two professors of public policy conclude that governments are more likely to violate environmental law than private owners. “Publicly-owned facilities are more likely than similar privately-owned facilities to violate regulatory requirements under the CAA [Clean Air Act] and the SDWA [Safe Drinking Water Act],” as their recent study notes.

People kayaking in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., last Thursday, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The river is now closed indefinitely, with visitors warned to stay out.