HC Deb 11 April 1927 vol 205 cc13-4
15. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what are the latest figures for infant mortality in Palestine, distinguishing if possible between Arab and Jew; and what steps are being taken to improve these figures?


The infant mortality rate per 1,000 births was in

1924 184.83
1925 188.64
1926 163.15

Similar figures in respect of the various sections of the population of Palestine are not available. As regards the latter part of the question, 29 non-Government infant welfare centres have been established in Palestine, to many of which the Government has given considerable financial assistance. In addition, two Government centres have been established, where special training by experienced British nursing sisters is given to women who wish to take tin infant welfare work. A training centre for midwives has been established, at which 43 women have already qualified and a scheme is on foot for establishing nursing clinics in a number of villages.