In two-thirds of the 36 developing countries among the 179 nations surveyed, the poorest urban children are at least twice as likely to die as their wealthier counterparts, according to the report.
New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013.
Most are from preventable causes such as diseases like pneumonia, malnutrition and complications in labour, but new research highlights success in Rwanda.
The report indicated that even some of the world’s poorest countries were able to dramatically reduce child mortality rates.
The announcement came on Friday at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes about breastfeeding and undernutrition in Mali.
The charity compared factors such as maternal health, child mortality, education and income in 176 countries.