The Worst Places to be a mother– Save the Children

Save the Children has issued its annual report on mothers and newborns. The best place to be a mother? Finland! The worst? The Congo.

Save the Children issued a video on motherhood in Mozambique:

The US only ranks 30th, with the worst infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. Every year here, 11,500 newborns die the same day they are born. Lack of universal health care is implicated, and it may be that the numbers will start to improve over the coming years.

But India, where women have low status and there is little social safety net, has 56,000 maternal deaths a year– the worst record in the world.

But subsaharan Africa is where the worst situations for mothers cluster.

6 Responses

  1. bless their hearts. We must remember that in every nation where we provide aid, (with probable exception of Israel), women have more particular needs than the overall “citizenry”. And certainly, if we claim to be a Faith-based nation, human needs rank higher than military and corporate support.

  2. Would be interesting to know which region of the US ranks highest with infant mortality. I can probably guess, at the risk of being called a northeast elitist.

    Ok, heck, is it Texas and Florida where there is more anti-government sentiment and healthcare fraud by institutions with continual cutting of support for the large amount of poor in these states?

    • I wrote down these statistics a year ago for my cousin in Princeton, Indiana. Princeton is the home of Duke Energy’s Gibson Generating Station, the world’s third-largest coal power plant. They have lovely purple sunsets when they can see the sun.

      As I recall, I got these statistics from the World Health Organization’s 2010 survey, updated in 2011. Unfortunately I did not send my cousin a link, and I don’t have time to look for one today. I was going to stay out of this discussion, but your intelligent question deserves an answer.

      Deaths of infants under 1 year old per 1,000 live births (nations in ascending order):

      Less than 3: Finland, Japan, Sweden, Luxemburg, Iceland, Singapore. No part of the United States enjoys this level of public health.

      Less than 4: Austria, Israel, Belgium, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Norway. No part of the United States enjoys this level of public health.

      Less than 5: United Kingdom, Brunei, New Caledonia, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark. This is comparable to Hawaii, Massachusetts and Washington state.

      Less than 6: Malta, Hungary, Canada, Cuba, New Zealand.

      Less than 7: United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia.

      Less than 8: Malaysia, Latvia, Bahrain, Chile. Indiana scores below Chile.

      Less than 12: Qatar, Montenegro, Kuwait, Serbia, Russia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Maldives Islands, Oman. This is comparable to Oklahoma and the deep South (excluding Florida).

      Want to know the ten sickest nations? The numbers in parenthesis are deaths of infants under 1 year old per 1,000 live births:

      Maii (101.35)
      Equatorial Guinea (102.45)
      Angola (104.3)
      Central African Republic (105.38)
      Somalia (106.67)

      Somalia is a failed state which has had no central government since 1991. From these statistics, the final five nations appear to be so radically misgoverned that they might be better off with no government at all.

      Sierra Leone (113.68)
      Democratic Republic of the Congo (115.81)
      Guinea-Bissau (118.70)
      Chad (131.17)
      Afghanistan (135.95)

  3. it may be that the numbers will start to improve over the coming years.

    I’m not sure why you would think that and if you think 0 new aca will help well please think again about it. If we had true health care for every person in this country then yes but we don’t we have corp. welfare health care that serves only those with jobs or money.

  4. We should be looking upwards, not downwards. The US is now 30th on the list, behind countries like Cuba. Why aren’t we among the best countries in the world anymore? Where’s our tax money going?

  5. >No mention of Afghanistan, where “we” have done so much for women and girls.

    Likely not by you but others have made efforts in Afghanistan to improve the situation, although it remains in a terrible condition there have indeed been improvements for both women and girls in that nation.

    Greater access to education to girls for example.

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