More than 1 million babies die on the first day of life – making the birth day the most dangerous day for babies in nearly every country, rich and poor alike.
This is one of the major findings of Save the Children’s 14th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. The findings indicate, as never before, that helping babies survive the first day – and the first week – of life represents the greatest remaining challenge in reducing child mortality and meeting the ambitious Millennium Development Goal of reducing 1990 child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015.
This year’s State of the World’s Mothers report shows which countries are succeeding – and which are failing – in saving the lives of mothers and their newborn babies. It examines the ways investments in health care, nutrition and education can make a difference for newborns, mothers, communities and society as a whole. It also points to proven, low-cost solutions that could save millions of lives if used by all mothers and newborns.