State of the World's Mothers Report Shows Impact of Crises

Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report examines the impact of humanitarian crises on maternal, newborn and child survival in countries consistently ranked as the most difficult places to be a mother. Since the Mothers' Index was launched in 2000, the majority of the bottom 10 countries have been fragile states in the midst of, or emerging from, a recent humanitarian emergency.

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A mother with a 3 week old baby in a displacement camp in a monastery in Bangui which houses thousands of IDPs sheltering from the sectarian fighting going on in Bangui, Central African Republic. 8th December 2013. As fighting and instability continues across the country, the humanitarian situation threatens to spiral out of control. To date, Save the Children has reached nearly 40,000 children, focusing on health, child protection and nutrition. In addition to our on-going humanitarian programs, we are currently supporting clinics and hospitals and setting up new child protection spaces in the capital, Bangui, to meet the needs of the thousands of people who have been displaced.


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