The five indicators in the 2015 Mothers’ Index of 179 countries are the lifetime risk of maternal death; children’s well-being as measured by their under-5 mortality rate; educational status, as measured by children’s expected years of formal schooling; economic status, as measured by gross national income per capita; and political status, measured by women’s participation in national government.
Women in the Georgia face a 1 in 1300 risk of maternal death, according to the report.
Georgian women are 10 times more likely to die of pregnancy related causes than their counterparts in Poland, according to the report.
With more than half of the world’s people now living in cities, the plight of the urban poor is drawing more attention. Within the same city, even in industrialized countries, there’s a notable disparity between the rich and poor, Save the Children has found.
In Ward 8, the poorest part of the District of Columbia, babies die before their 1st birthday at a rate more than 10 times higher than babies born in Ward 3, the richest part of the city, according to 2012 data in the report.
The contrast between the top and bottom countries remains stark. While 0.3% of Norwegian children die before their 5th birthday, some 15% of Somali children do. Somali children who survive will get fewer than 2.5 years of formal education, while Norwegian children will get 17.5 years of formal education and 13.8 % of Georgian children also get education.
“Save the Children believes that a mother in Somalia, or frankly a mother in America, deserves the same opportunity to thrive as a mother in Norway.”
Save the Children works to improve the lives of children around the world, which includes better nutrition, sanitation, health care and education for mothers and their children.
Best countries for mothers:
Worst countries for mothers:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- The Central African Republic