Save the Children released 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report (Download PDF)


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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla released the report on Save the Children’s 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM) report titled in NEW DELHI and the report’s special focus is on the struggle of poorest mothers and children in rapidly urbanizing world among 179 countries.

The 10 countries showing the greatest survival divide between wealthy and poor urban children are: Rwanda, Cambodia, Kenya, Vietnam, Peru, India, Madagascar, Ghana, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

The poorest urban mothers and children are often deprived of life saving health care like access to prenatal care and skilled birth attendance. The largest coverage gaps between rich and poor were found in Delhi (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Port au Prince (Haiti) and Dili (Timor-Leste).

Among capital cities in high-income countries, Washington, DC has the highest infant death risk and great inequality. Washington, DC had the highest infant mortality rate at 6.6 deaths per 1000 live births in 2013 which is 3 times the rates found in Tokyo and Stockholm.

The top five countries showing lower U5MR are: Prague (Czech Republic), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), Tokyo (Japan) and Lisbon (Portugal).

Top 10 countries in the Mother Index

  • Rank 1 - Norway
  • Rank 2 - Finland
  • Rank 3 - Iceland
  • Rank 4 - Denmark
  • Rank 5 - Sweden
  • Rank 6 - Netherlands
  • Rank 7 - Spain
  • Rank 8 - Germany
  • Rank 9 - Australia
  • Rank 10 - Belgium

Bottom 10 Countries in the Mother Index

  • Rank 169 - Haiti & Sierra Leone
  • Rank 170 - Guinea-Bissau
  • Rank 171 - Chad
  • Rank 172 - Ivory Coast
  • Rank 173 - Gambia
  • Rank 174 - Niger
  • Rank 175 - Mali
  • Rank 176 - Central African Republic
  • Rank 178 - DR Congo
  • Rank 179 - Somalia

India is placed at the 140th position in the Mother’s Index which ranks countries which based on five key factors that Risk of maternal death, Under-five mortality rate, Educational status, Economic achievement and Political status.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 7, 2015

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