Westport, CT — The launch of Save the Children's 14th annual State of the World's Mothers report at the United Nations today marked a growing global focus on newborn babies. The morning event was cohosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations.
According to the new report, themed "Surviving the First Day," every year more than 1 million babies die on the day they are born, making a baby's birth day the most dangerous day of life--in the United States and almost every country in the world.
"It was here at the U.N. that all countries agreed to the Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality by two thirds," said Carolyn Miles , President & CEO of Save the Children. "We've come a long way, but we won't get there without new focus on saving the youngest lives.
This report presents the growing evidence that the world today has the low-cost tools to prevent millions of newborn deaths once considered inevitable."
The report includesa new Birth Day Risk Index that ranks 186 countries by the chances a baby will die on the first day of life. The United States is a riskier place to be born than 68 other countries, according to the new analysis.
In addition, the report also features Save the Children's Mothers' Index. This year, it ranks Finland as the best place in the world to be a mother, and Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toughest. The United States ranks as the 30th best place to be a mother.