International ranking for infant mortality flawed: study

A study, published today in the British Medical Journal, shows the surveys on perinatal, infant and child mortality rates conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are biased because many countries fail to register all babies, especially those born very small or too early.
“The contemporary rankings of industrialized countries by infant mortality and related indices are extremely misleading,” says lead author Dr. K.S. Joseph, a professor in UBC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the School of Population and Public Health and a scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute.
“Appropriate steps should be taken to standardize birth registration and related data quality issues if we are to fully understand infant health status in industrialized countries.”

Medical Xpress, Fri Feb 17 2012, Link to full text