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8 June 2011

Save the Children – “Champions for Children: State of the World’s Mothers 2011”

In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children published “Champions for Children: State of the World’s Mothers 2011.” This year’s publication contains contributions from leading authors from academia, politics, religion, business and the arts on why the United States, as a nation, must continue to invest in lifesaving maternal and child health programs.

Besides from a specific focus on the United States, the publication also presents the 2011 Mothers’ Index, which compares the well-being of mothers and children in 164 countries. The top 10 countries within the index score well on all indicators related to mothers’ and children’s health, and educational and economic status, with countries such as Norway, Australia and Iceland being at the top. On the contrary, the 10 bottom-ranked countries perform very poorly on most indicators. The report notes that in these countries on average, “one woman in thirty will die from pregnancy-related causes. One child in six dies before his or her fifth birthday, and one child in three suffers from malnutrition. Nearly 50 percent of the population lacks access to safe water and only four girls for every five boys are enrolled in primary school.” The majority of these countries, eight out of ten, are situated in sub-Saharan Africa.

To download the report, click here.

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