Wince of the Week, April 7-13, 2013, excerpted from “UNICEF Report on Child Well-Being Shows U.S. Near Bottom of List,” in the International Business Times, April 12, 2013. The EHRP Team winced when we read this:
Add child care to the list of “Lists on Which the U.S. Is Not Number One.” America is, in fact, number 26, behind both Greece and Portugal, according to the U.N.’s new report, “Child Well-Being In Rich Countries: A Comparative Review.”
Of the four countries that occupy the bottom of the list, the U.S. is by far the richest: numbers 27, 28 and 29 are the formerly Communist East European nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Romania, respectively. The report said “there does not appear to be a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being,” noting that, besides the U.S. being toward the bottom, the Czech Republic ranks higher than Austria, and Slovenia is higher than Canada.
The U.S. also ranked second from the bottom in child poverty rates. The only country among the 29 that has more children living in poverty than America is Romania. The U.S. was also near the bottom for rates of immunization against measles and polio, as well as for “child life satisfaction.”