Washington’s childhood woes

Washington D.C. has the highest infant mortality rate of the world’s 25 wealthiest capital cities.

That’s according to a new report from the charity Save the Children. In 2012 the infant mortality rate in Washington’s poorest neighbourhood was more than 10 times higher than the rate in D.C.’s wealthiest.

The report says that in two-thirds of developing countries the poorest urban children are at least twice as likely to die before their 5th birthday as the richest urban children.


Picture source: United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division. Arthur Rothstein, photographer; via Wikimedia Commons