SEATTLE — In honor of Mother’s Day, Save The Children released its 15th annual State of the World’s Mothers global report. The report gathers statistics on the health of mothers and children across the world. This year, Save the Children ranked 178 countries, showing where mothers fare best and where they face the greatest hardship.
Throughout the years, top ranking countries have shifted from continent to continent. However, rankings for the worst countries to be mothers has consistently resided in Africa. Below are the five worst countries for motherhood.
5. Central African Republic
Violence and fear have gripped the Central African Republic. Civilians are at a constant risk of attacks by armed groups, women suffer through fear of gender-based violence and children are being recruited into combat. Even if civilians are lucky enough to survive those tragedies, diseases are rapidly spreading in Central African Republic. Therefore, with the lack of essential health supplies and professionals, it is extremely difficult for mothers and their children to receive the proper health care they desperately need.
Source: Save The Children
4. Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is known to have the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. One in eight women die in childbirth, yet this problem gets very little attention compared to other global health threats such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Every pregnancy in Sierra Leone is a ‘chance of dying’ because of the lack of health care.
Source: Washington Post
According to the Word Factbook, Nigerian civilians have a high death rate of 124 per 1,000 because of its recent record of violence, political mayhems, armed conflicts, poverty and constant recurring natural disasters. Out of the 124 per 1,000 death rate, 63 per 1,000 are maternal death rates and 74 per 1,000 are infant death rates.
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Sources: The World Factbook, The Daily Times
A high percentage of women are married in Chad before the age of 18. Being married at a younger age increases fertility rates, and with Chad’s economic circumstances, lack of education and inequality of women, it makes it extremely dangerous for women to bare children at a young age.
Source: A Mother’s Monument
1. Côte D’Ivoire
According to a research article, “Breastfeeding: the hidden barrier in Côte d’Ivoire’s quest to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” Côte d’Ivoire has one of the worst HIV/AIDS epidemics in West Africa. With the lack of proper health care to prevent HIV/AIDS mother-to-child transmission, the number of maternal and child death rate are extremely high; 1 in 53 lifetime risk of maternal death and 1 in 107.6 under-5 mortality rate per 1,000 live births.
Sources: Save The Children, JIAS
Major General Patrick Cammaert, the Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Mission to the Democratic Ruplic of Congo, once said, “It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern wars.” More women are dying from illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and malnutrition than soldiers in battle. With today’s technology, the vast majority of these conditions are preventable or treatable by providing women and children basic health care. Yet these mothers still suffer every day.