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Dominican Republic ranks 120/172 in Save the Children Index

A report on childhood in the world in 2017 issued by Save the Children has concerning figures about the dangers and threats facing the children in the Dominican Republic. Save the Children’s new global report, “2017 End of Childhood Report: Stolen Childhoods” looks into the “childhood enders”– events and factors that rob children of their childhoods, such as child marriage, infant mortality, extreme violence and displacement by war or conflict.
The report indicates that the well-being of children in the DR are being compromised by early marriages, unsafe and unregulated working conditions, high rates of teen pregnancy, malnutrition, exposure to violence and lack of education opportunities.

The report’s End of Childhood Index focuses on a set of life-changing events that signal the disruption of childhood. It ranks 172 countries based on where childhood is most intact and where it is most eroded. It shows which countries are succeeding, and failing, to provide conditions that nurture and protect their youngest citizens. The DR is ranked 120th out of a total of 172 countries included in the study.

The numbers show there is a mortality rate among the under 5 years of age is 30.9 per 1,000 live births, 12.8 are involved in child labor and there are 97.3 births for each 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19.

In addition, the Dominican Republic is among the ten countries with the highest rate of child homicide with 118 deaths for each 100,000 children between the ages of 0 and 19.

The report reveals that 7.1% of children have poor growth due to malnutrition and 14.6% do not go to school.

In the same study, the USA is ranked the 36th best place to have a child. Highest ranked countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: are Chile (53rd), Bahamas (54), Cuba (61), Costa Rica (66), Argentina (67), St. Lucia (67), Trinidad & Tobago (71), Jamaica (73), Uruguay (74), Suriname (81), Brazil 89, Mexico (90), Ecuador (95), Belize 98), Panama (99), Paraguay (102), Peru (103), Nicaragua (109), Bolivia (14), Colombia (118), Haiti (121), Venezuela (q125), El Salvador (126), Honduras (142), Guatemala (147).

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 27, 2017

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