The New Zealand infant mortality rate is among the highest in the developed world, according to the most recent report from the World Health Organization.
The rate for babies born in New Zealand last year was 7.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.
The U.S. rate was 3.6 deaths per 100,000 births.
In contrast, Canada has a rate of 1.8 deaths per 1000 live births, according the WHO.
The infant mortality has been on the rise for years.
Between 2001 and 2010, the rate increased by more than 50 percent.
The country had the third-highest rate in the OECD at 1.2 deaths per thousand live births in 2016.
The United Kingdom had the lowest rate at 0.5 deaths per 10,000.
Australia had the highest rate at 7.3 deaths per million live births as of last year.
In New Zealand, the country’s total population is about 5.3 million.