Save the Children UK recently measured child welfare throughout countries across the globe.
They used three simple measurements -- the percentage of children not in school, those who are underweight, and child mortality rates. The results were compared for three different time periods: 1990-94, 1995-99, and 2000-2006.
Not surprisingly, children generally fare best in wealthier countries. Latin America made the most improvements during the three time periods. And African children have it the hardest.
The United States ranked 23rd worldwide, far behind other wealthy countries like Japan (No. 1), Canada (No. 3), and Britain, (No. 8).