Peru is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. This poverty has an effect on many Peruvians even before they are born. Only 49 percent of the women receive any pre-natal attention and only 30 percent post-natal care. State hospital services are very scarce, doctors in private practice are very expensive. The cost of drugs prohibitive for hundreds of thousands of women. Average birth deaths are 40 times higher than Sweden. The official figure for infant mortality is 120 deaths per 1,000 live births, 40 percent higher than in Argentina. In the countryside, the figure reaches 230 per 1,000.