While many women are looking forward to celebrating the day which honors mothers everywhere, one survey suggests that not all mothers have something to look forward to. A new index has confirmed that Niger is the worst place to be a mother.
Save the Children is an organization dedicated to fighting for the lives of children across the world. Every year the organization develops a report which reflects on the worst place to be a mother, based on a child's survival rate.
"Every child should be given a fair chance to survive and fulfill their potential. The world is making real progress in saving children's lives, but 7.6 million children are still dying each year from preventable causes," the report stated, suggesting the malnutrition was one of the number one cause for premature death in children.
"A hidden malnutrition crisis is affecting one third of children in the developing world, impairing their development and leaving them vulnerable to deadly disease," the site informed.
The study confirms that Niger has become the worse place to be a mother due to a growing regional food crisis.
"Malnutrition is a largely hidden crisis, but it afflicts one in four children around the world," Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children, said in a press report. "It wreaks lifelong damage and is a major killer of children. Every hour of every day, 300 children die because of malnutrition."
The study reveals the 54.8 percent of children raised in Niger were of stunted growth in 2010 due to malnutrition. Another table revealed that only 3 percent of children in Niger receive a "minimum acceptable diet."
While breast feeding could prevent 13 percent of all child deaths, the reports also states that mothers are too malnourished to be able to successful breast feed their children.
"We urgently need global leadership on malnutrition that results in key nutrition projects being rolled out for mothers and babies to ensure health and survival," Director of policy Brendan Cox said.