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The findings are clear. One of the worst places in the world to be a mother is in an urban slum. The 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report delves into a comparison of the health disparities between wealthy and poor women and children living in cities around the world. In 2015 more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Unfortunately, a growing proportion of child deaths are occurring within these cities in urban slums.
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Read the key findings from our 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. One-third of women and children in cities live in slums.Read the Executive Summary
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16 YEARS OF THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S MOTHERS REPORT
Scroll Through the History of the Best and Worst Places to be a Mother
TOP 10 COUNTRIES
BOTTOM 10 COUNTRIES
Source: State of the World's Mothers, 2000 - 2015
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*Important Note on Rwanda: The Rwanda health ministry has taken strong exception to the figures cited in this report noting that statistics in this report represent estimates based on data from 2010. The ministry has advised that forthcoming statistics from the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of Rwandan households will show a vastly improved situation for urban children in Rwanda. Save the Children is committed to accuracy and will provide a link to the new DHS statistics for Rwanda on this page as soon as they become available.