Save the Children’s latest State of the World’s Mothers report was released today.
The news is not good for babies born into poverty even in urban areas:
“Our new report reveals a devastating child survival divide between the haves and have-nots, telling a tale of two cities among urban communities around the world, including the United States,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children in a statemtn. “For babies born in the big city, it’s survival of the richest.”
According to the state of the world’s mothers report, because the urban poor are often subject to infectious diseases and waterborne diseases, many babies and small children can quickly become very ill and die. 1n 2013 six million children died, many of them part of the urban poor.
Not surprisingly, the best countries to be a mother and raise children are the the Nordic countries and Europe. The United States ranks #33 on the list, with Washington, D.C. having the highest rate of infant mortality.
Read the entire report and see the full Mothers’ Index of 179 countries at savethechildren.org/mothers.