If the White House wants to Make America Great Again, they might want to consider elevating the welfare of its own babies.
According to the United Nations Children's' Fund (UNICEF), the United States is not the greatest place in the world to raise an infant. The three safest places in the world, according to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday and dubbed Every Child Alive, were Japan, Iceland, and Singapore with infant mortality registering at roughly one in a thousand within the first month of birth.
America didn't even make it into the top 10, which was rounded out by Singapore, Estonia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Belarus, Luxembourg, Norway, and South Korea.
Ranking infant mortality deaths from lowest to highest and reporting on the results, classifying them into three different income levels, UNICEF placed the U.S. in 15th place with four deaths per thousand. The international average in that group is three per thousand. Pakistan, a low-income nation, reported the highest infant mortality rate at 46 deaths per thousand.
UNICEF was encouraged over findings that indicate mortality rates affecting children between one-month-old and five years are dropping. But among infants, the organization discovered there was no significant change in results over the years, with roughly a million babies dying on the day of their birth and an additional 2.6 million babies dying within a month.
While Every Child Alive showed consistency between infant mortality and income levels, UNICEF pushed for countries that include the U.S. to exert more political will to improve those results. In particular, the report said that increased access to health care and improvement in the quality of that care would go a long way towards lowering the fatalities. If babies were provided quality health care as well as nutritious food and clean drinking water, 80 percent of those deaths would not have taken place, suggested the study.
Research findings also concluded that most deaths were not a result of diseases like pneumonia, but linked more to impoverished families unable to get the medical care they so badly need.
UNICEF also hinted that governments should also place a higher priority on education, given that mothers without education are twice as likely to face the possibility of having a baby die within a month.