What country ranked best for motherhood?
- JWB Post
- May 8, 2015
Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers’ Index, which rates 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women.
India has slipped further in an annual survey analyzing the world’s best places to be a mother, ranking 140th behind countries like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Iraq. Norway ranks as the world’s best place to be a mother, well ahead of the US which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.
Scandinavian countries have consistently taken the first spots in the Mothers’ Index, with Norway this year beating Finland which held the top spot last year. Among the top 10, Australia is the only non-European country, at number nine. France and UK take the 23rd and 24th spot, below Canada at number 20.
According to the Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles, the data confirmed that a country’s economic wealth is not the sole factor leading to happy mothers, but that policies need to be put in place.
Miles also explained that Norway ranked highly because their wealth went towards the well-being and care of mothers and children as a high-priority investment. The final result also determined that mothers are having a tougher time in the world’s expanding cities, with survival gaps between rich and poor widening – cities in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe reportedly had the highest gap for child survival, with poor children three to five times more likely to die than their affluent peers.
Somalia is the worst place, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.