The United Arab Emirates has reduced the number of infant deaths by 96 percent during the last 38 years, making it UNICEF's top-ranked Arab country in child care.
During these years, the number of deaths of Emirate children under age 5 plummeted from 223 per thousand in 1960 to 10 per thousand in 1998, according to an article published in Al-Ittihad daily. This helped the country place 10th in UNICEF's ranking of all countries. The organization ranked all countries in a report on the condition of the world's children population at the beginning of the new millenium.
The organization ranked Kuwait second in the Arab world and Qatar third. Their world-wide rankings were 13 and 18, respectively. Oman received the same ranking as Qatar. Bahrain placed 20th world-wide, Libya, 24th, Saudi Arabia, 26th, Tunisia, 32nd, Syria and Lebanon, 35th, and Jordan, 36. Djibouti, Mauritania and Somalia placed the lowest of the Arab countries at 107th and 183rd, 211th, respectively. Angola placed 292nd and Sierra Leone, 316th.
Of the developed countries, Norway, Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Finland were all ranked 5th. Britain, Canada received a rank of 6 and the United States, Cuba, Cyprus, Brunei ranked 9th.
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