Despite tremendous advances in medical technology and access to basic services, infant mortality remains one of our most pressing humanitarian issues. A recent UNICEF report confirms that while more infants are surviving passed the age of five than ever before, the poorest countries are still engaged in the most severe struggles.

But it isn't simply the world's poorest countries that confront the reality of child mortality. Even within the U.S., there is an internal fight to improve conditions and the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. Luckily, there are technologies that can help.

As blogger J. Nwando Olayiwola wrote earlier this year, knowledge is half the battle:

[We] have started to use a free mobile health service which offers a channel of communication for reaching people who are less likely to have access to information and resources and may be at higher risk for poor health. Text4baby offers a free, trustworthy resource that we can share with our patients to help their families stay healthy.

This Infant Mortality Week, help text4baby and their founding sponsor, Johnson and Johnson, raise awareness for children everywhere. And click here to find out how you can help by enrolling or helping someone you know enroll in this free service

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  • New Hampshire

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #52 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,315,809 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 9,130 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 3.87 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 2,787

  • Vermont

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #51 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 621,270 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 6,339 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 4.57 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 704

  • Utah

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #50 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 2,736,424 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 55,634 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 4.69 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 2,734

  • Massachusetts

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #49 <strong>Total Population:</strong>: 6,497,967 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 77,022 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.04 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> : 5,408

  • California

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #48 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 6,500,180 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 551,779 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.11 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 35,975

  • Oregon

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #47 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 3,790,060 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 49,096 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.13 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 3,758

  • Nevada

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #46 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 2,600,167 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 39,506 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.37 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 4,980

  • Maine

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #45 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,316,456 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 13,609 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.44 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,623

  • Washington

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #44 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 7,769,089 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 90,321 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.45 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 7,563

  • Nebraska

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #43 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,783,432 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 26,989 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.48 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 3,140

  • New Jersey

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #42 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 8,682,661 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 112,710 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.49 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 6,277

  • New York

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #41 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 19,490,297 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 250,383 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.52 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 18,730

  • New Mexico

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #40 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,984,356 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 30,173 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.57 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 3,822

  • Hawaii

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #39 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 9,685,744 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 19,484 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.65 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,639

  • Iowa

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #38 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 3,002,555 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 40,224 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.69 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 2,732

  • Idaho

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #37 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,523,816 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 25,149 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.73 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 2,190

  • North Dakota

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #36 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 641,481 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 8,938 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.82 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 869

  • Rhode Island

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #35 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,050,788 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 12,048 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.89 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 758

  • Minnesota

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #34 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,220,393 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 72,421 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.92 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 7,064

  • Connecticut

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #33 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,220,393 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 72,421 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 5.92 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 2,972

  • Alaska

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #32 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 686,293 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 11,442 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.03 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 423

  • Texas

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #31 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 24,326,974 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 405,554 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.17 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 30,015

  • Colorado

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #30 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 4,939,456 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 70,031 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.21 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 4,506

  • Arizona

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #29 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 6,500,180 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 99,442 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.39 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 7,785

  • Indiana

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> #28 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 6,376,792 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 88,742 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.84 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 12,559

  • Virginia

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 27 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 7,769,089 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 106,686 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.88 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 16,839

  • Wisconsin

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 26 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,627,967 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 72,261 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>:6.92 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 8,046

  • Kentucky

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 25 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 4,269,245 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 58,375 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.92 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 5,331

  • Wyoming

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 24 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,627,967 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 8,038 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 6.97 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,462

  • Missouri

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 23 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,911,605 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 80,963 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.14 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 11,413

  • Montana

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 22 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 967,440 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 12,594 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.15 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,656

  • Oklahoma

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 21 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 3,642,361 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 54,781 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.19 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 8,025

  • Illinois

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 20 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 12,901,563 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 176,795 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.2 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 19,482

  • Florida

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 19 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 18,328,340 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 231,445 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.28 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 21,243

  • Kansas

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 18 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 2,802,134 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 41,833 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.34 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 6,600

  • Pennsylvania

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 17 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 12,448,279 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 149,273 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.38 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 17,622

  • Arkansas

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 16 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 2,937,979 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 40,669 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.38 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 5,255

  • Michigan

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 15 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 10,003,422 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 121,127 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.4 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 14,267

  • Ohio

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 14 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 11,485,910 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 148,821 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.7 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 12,093

  • West Virginia

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 13 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 1,814,468 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 21,501 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.77 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 3,724

  • Maryland

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 12 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 5,633,597 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 77,289 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.96 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 7,089

  • Georgia

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 11 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 9,685,744 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 146,603 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 7.99 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 19,185

  • South Carolina

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 10 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 4,479,800 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 63,071 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.05 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 8,016

  • Tennessee

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 9 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 6,214,888 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 85,560 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.16 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 10,943

  • North Carolina

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 8 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 9,222,414 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 130,839 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.25 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 17,296

  • South Dakota

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 7 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 804,194 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 12,071 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.28 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,776

  • Delaware

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 6 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 3,501,252 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 12,090 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.35 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 1,991

  • Puerto Rico

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 5 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 3,954,037 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 45,620 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 8.42 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 355

  • Louisiana

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 4 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 4,410,796 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 65,268 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 9.04 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 9,115

  • Alabama

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 3 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 4,661,900 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 64,546 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 9.47 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 9,831

  • Mississippi

    <strong>Ranking:</strong> 2 <strong>Total Population:</strong> 2,938,618 <strong>Live Births (2008):</strong> 44,947 <strong>Infant Mortality Rate</strong>: 9.95 <strong>Total Number of Users Enrolled:</strong> 5,336