The best and worst places to be a mother

Mothers Index: Data from study by Save the ChildrenCourtesy

10 million children die from lack of health care every year

An alarming number of countries are failing to provide the most basic health care that would save children's lives.

"Use of existing, low-cost tools and knowledge could save more than 6 million of the 9.7 million children who die yearly from easily preventable or curable causes."
"They include antibiotics that cost less than $0.30 to treat pneumonia, the top killer of children under 5, and oral rehydration therapy — a simple solution of salt, sugar and potassium — for diarrhea, the second top killer." Yahoo News

Best and worst places to be a mother

In a report titled "State of the World's Mothers 2008 Report", the well-being of mothers and children in 146 countries were compared. The rankings were based upon over a dozen variables such as:

  • risk of mother or baby dying during childbirth
  • access to safe water
  • risk of child dying under age 5
  • female life expectancy

United States ranks 27th

Sweden, Norway and Iceland top the ranking in terms of well-being for mothers and children. Eight out of 10 bottom-ranked countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, where four out of five mothers are likely to lose a child in their lifetime,

  • One child in four does not reach age 5 in Afghanistan, Angola, Niger, and Sierra Leone. In Sweden 1 in 333 dies before age 5.
  • Death of mothers in pregnancy or childbirth in Afganistan is 1 in 8; In Ireland the odds are 1 in more than 47,000.
  • Women in Swaziland usually die before 30 wheresa in Japan they can expect to live until 86.

Learn more
Executive summary of report (pdf)
State of the World's Mothers report
Save the Children Home page

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

del_feranil's picture

to be a mother is the greatest opportunity God has given to all matter where they are....

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 12:59am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

"Battling to take the death out of birth in Africa"

posted on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 10:43am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

It's sad these kids have to watch their mothers die so young and just leave them all alone in this world

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 9:25am

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