Save the Children has released it’s 2012 report on the State of the World’s Mother with lots to think about and consider. I am going to hit a few of the highlights from the report but if you have some time poke around. It’s pretty interesting.
“One in four of the world’s children are chronically malnourished or stunted — with little access to proper nutrients, these children have underdeveloped brains or bodies.”
“According to the report, malnutrition kills as many as 2.6 million children and 100,000 mothers every year. Millions of others are left struggling with the physical and mental impairments of stunting. In some parts of the developing world — like Afghanistan, Burundi and Yemen — the stunting rate is a whopping 60 percent!”
“Of the six key solutions offered by the report to combat malnutrition, one of the cheapest and most effective is regularly breast feeding newborns. Nearly 1 million lives can be saved by breast feeding alone. Unsurprisingly, the United States is the LEAST favorable environment in the industrialized world for mothers who want to breast feed.
The report’s other recommendations including investing in frontline health workers, investing in girls’ education, maintaining better hygiene and supplementing meals with iron folate, zinc and vitamin A.”
“Of the 165 countries surveyed, Norway, Iceland and Sweden top the rankings this year. The top 10 countries, in general, attain very high scores for mother and child health, educational attainment and economic status. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Niger ranks last. The 10 bottom-ranked countries — eight from sub-Saharan Africa -– are a reverse image of the top 10, performing poorly on all indicators. The United States places 25th this year –- up six spots from last year.
Each country page will include a fact that supports the country’s ranking. Please refer to the Appendix of the main report for all the detailed rankings.”
“Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn’t just a “third world” problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California. But what we do here ultimately affects women everywhere. This is a matter of inequality and political will….”
“For these women and their families, there is no Mother’s Day. That’s why this year, the maternal health advocacy organization Every Mother Counts is asking you, women and men, to act in solidarity on Mother’s Day to raise awareness and help change the lives of millions of women who will otherwise die becoming mothers.”
” ‘We hope this campaign will bring more attention to the global issue of maternal mortality because this is an urgent yet solvable problem,’ explains Christy Turlington Burns, who founded Every Mother Counts.”
“… around the world, many parents don’t have this luxury. And in many cases, the greatest fear of a parent is that their son or daughter won’t even reach the age of five — an important milestone for survival.”
“Seeing a child die from pneumonia, diarrhea or a mosquito bite is simply unimaginable to most parents. But that is the sad reality for many families each day. Last year over seven million children under five died of largely preventable causes.”
“Tomorrow, April 23, I will join several partners at the Kaiser Family Foundation to preview a global campaign to help get more kids safely past five. I’ll lay the groundwork for a Child Survival: Call to Action in June, when the governments of the United States, India and Ethiopia will join together with UNICEF to mobilize the world to end preventable child deaths. Our focus is on building political will and driving collective action around a global roadmap — and developing mechanisms to hold all countries to account.
I will also launch “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday,” an awareness-raising campaign led by the U.S. Agency for International Development to raise awareness ahead of the Call to Action. Please join me in posting a photo from your fifth birthday — if you can’t find one, any photo of you or your kids at five will work — and sharing it via our website and social media outlets. Tomorrow, the website will be live at 5thBDay.usaid.gov.”
Are you surprised by some of the stats? What did you find the most interesting? How can people in developed nations have the women and children in less developed nations?