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Best and Worst Countries for Babies on Their First Day of Life

WORST: SIERRA LEONE

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BEST: LUXEMBOURGWORST: SOMALIABEST: SINGAPOREWORST: DRCBEST: ESTONIAWORST: MALIBEST: CYPRUSWORST: SIERRA LEONEBEST: SWEDENWORST:CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

WORST: SIERRA LEONE

The average female life expectancy in Sierra Leone is only 49 years. One in 23 women die in pregnancy or childbirth. In 2011, 11,200 babies died during the first month of life.

The international nonprofit Save the Children's “Birth Day Risk Index” ranks 186 countries based on where babies have the best shot at surviving their first day of life. Click here to read PBS NewsHour's full report.

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