This year’s thirteenth annual State of the World’s Mothers report features more than 60 countries and a foreword by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. Filled with ground-breaking research, this year’s report focuses on the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.
This year’s report also includes their annual Mother’s Index, ranking the best and worst countries in which to be a mother based on health and status indicators for women and children in 165 counties. Norway, as in 2011, ranks first; Niger, replacing Afghanistan in 2011, ranks last. The United States comes in at #25 among the 43 developed countries ranked. Eight of the 10 worst countries to be a mother are in sub-Saharan Africa. We must continue to work to ensure that moms everywhere can care for their kids.
This month, Save the Children launched a global petition calling on world leaders to commit to ending preventable child deaths and delivering the resources necessary to make this a reality. They also have a new short film, following the story of two preschoolers enrolled in Save the Children's early learning programs from opposite sides of the globe. In another report, Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, Save the Children joined with partners to highlight the 15 million babies who are born too early every year. Born Too Soon culminates with a new, globally agreed goal to halve the number of babies dying from preterm birth by 2025, but it will require greater awareness and investment into this unseen crisis.