Afghanistan is the worst place in the world to be a mother and Norway is the best…
“Afghanistan has the highest lifetime risk of maternal mortality and the lowest female life expectancy in the world,” putting it at the bottom of the the Mothers’ Index, which has been compiled for the past 12 years by the nonprofit group Save the Children.
In Afghanistan and the nine other countries at the bottom of the index, an average of one in six kids dies before age five and one in three suffers from malnutrition, the report says.
Nearly half the population in the worst countries to raise kids lacks access to clean water, and only four girls for every five boys are enrolled in primary school.
Five Nordic nations and two in the southern hemisphere made up the top seven countries for mothers.
They were, in order, Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand and Finland.
Three European nations — Belgium, the Netherlands and France — rounded out the top 10…
A gulf of differences, especially in health, separates top-ranked Norway from bottom-of-the-heap Afghanistan.
In Norway “skilled health personnel are present at virtually every birth,” greatly reducing the likelihood of the mother or baby dying, while in Afghanistan, only 14 percent of births are attended, the report says.
More than eight in 10 Norwegian women use a modern form of contraception, and only one in 175 lose a child before his or her fifth birthday.
In Afghanistan, meanwhile, less than one in six women use modern contraception, and one child in five dies before reaching the age of five.
“At this rate, every mother in Afghanistan is likely to suffer the loss of a child,” the report says.
RTFA to expand your understanding of what it means to be a mother – and where. To clarify for my American readers – an American child is twice as likely as a child in Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Singapore or Sweden to die before reaching age five.
You can get the whole report over here [.pdf].