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A Mother's Report Card: The Best - and Worst - Countries for Mothers

Sweden Tops List, Niger Ranks Last, United States Ranks 27th for Second Year in a Row

Westport, Conn. (Vocus) May 5, 2009 -- Nordic countries lead the globe as the best places to be a mother, while sub-Saharan African countries rank among the worst places for mothers, according to Save the Children's 10th annual Mothers' Index. The global ranking is highlighted in the organization's State of the World's Mothers 2009 report, which focuses on the link between investing in early learning opportunities for young children and school success.

Top 10 Best Places- Bottom 10 Worst Places:
The Mothers' Index ranks the best and most difficult places to be a mother among 158 countries. Among the top 10 best places: Sweden ranks first, followed by Norway, Australia, Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Among the bottom 10 places: Niger ranks last, followed by Sierra Leone, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Sudan, Angola, Eritrea and Djibouti.

The United States placed 27th for the second year in a row, primarily because it has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among industrialized countries -- 1 in 4,800.

"We call on the world's leaders to take stock of how motherhood and young children are faring in every country," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Investing in the most basic partnership of all -- the one between a mother and her child -- is the first and best step in ensuring healthy children, prosperous families and strong communities."

The Mothers' Index is based on an analysis of indicators of women's and children's health and well-being. The top 10 countries, in general, have very high scores for mothers' and children's health, educational and economic status, while the 10 bottom-ranked countries are a reverse image, performing poorly on all indicators.

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How Countries Compare:

  • 1 child in 4 does not reach his or her fifth birthday in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. In Sweden, only 1 child in 333 dies before age 5.
  • Fewer than 15 percent of births are attended by skilled health personnel in Afghanistan, Chad and Ethiopia; 99 percent of births are attended by skilled health personnel in Sri Lanka.
  • Over the course of her lifetime, 1 woman in 8 will die in pregnancy or childbirth in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Compare that to 1 in more than 47,000 in Ireland.
  • A typical woman in Angola, Djibouti and Niger has less than four years of schooling versus a typical woman in Australia or New Zealand who receives over 20 years of formal education.
  • On average, a girl born in Swaziland will not live to see her 40th birthday. Compare that to the typical girl born in Japan who will live to be 86 years old.
"These statistics go far beyond mere numbers," said MacCormack. "The human despair and lost opportunities represented in these numbers demand mothers everywhere be given the basic tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life for themselves, their children, and for generations to come."

For complete rankings of all 158 countries in the Mothers' Index, download the full report at:! [Save the Children is the leading independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 27 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.

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