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.

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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

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Source: State of the World's Mothers, 2000 - 2015

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