Report: Norway ranked as best place to be a mother, Somalia last
by Anadolu Agency
BRUSSELSMay 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
May 06, 2015 12:00 am
Norway is the top country to be a mother while Somalia is the worst, according to a report released Monday evening by international nongovernment organization (NGO) Save the Children. The United States has been listed as the worst place to be a mother among developed nations, while Turkey ranked 65th on the list.
In its annual report, Save the Children ranked the best and worst 179 countries in the world in terms of being a mother based on five indicators: Children's health, maternal health, education, economics and political status. While the U.S. is the world's largest economy, women face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death – the worst performance of any developed country in the world, according to the report.
With a rate at 7.9 deaths per 1,000, infant mortality is higher in Washington, D.C., than in any of the world's 24 wealthiest capital cities, according to the report released a few days before Mother's Day on May 10.
"A woman in the U.S. is more than 10 times as likely as a woman in Austria, Belarus or Poland to eventually die from a pregnancy-related cause," the report said. The U.S. ranks 33rd overall.
While prematurity was cited as the main cause behind infant deaths, other causes included pervasive poverty, young and uninformed mothers and poor prenatal care, according to the report.
It is not a country's wealth but the policies put in place that determines happy mothers, according to Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles.
Norway is ranked the best place to be a mother followed by its Scandinavian neighbors Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden, according to Save the Children. "Norway performs the absolute ‘best' on economic status and is the only country to place in the top 12 on all five indicators," Save the Children said in the report. "It is consistently high performance that puts Norway on top."
Germany ranked eighth, and Australia was the only non-European country to make the top 10, ranked ninth.
The reason why Save the Children ranked 179 countries out of the 196 countries in the world was due to insufficient data or a population being below 100,000.
Somalia, of which the economic and educational status are the worst in the world, ranked last, preceded by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR).
In countries such as Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, poor children are three to five times more likely to die than wealthier ones.