Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PH among worst places to be a mother - report

A London-based charity report revealed the Philippines as among the not-so-good countries to be a mother.

In the annual "State of the World's Mothers" report released Tuesday by charity Save the Children, the Philippines ranked at 106th (tied with Indonesia) in the list of worst places to be a mother, comparing 176 countries in terms of maternal health, child mortality, education and levels of women's income and political status.

Last year, PH was at 95th which compared 165 countries.

Singapore, at 15th, was the best place for mothers in Asia, according to the report, with Malaysia in 70th, Thailand in 80th and Vietnam in 86th.

The Democratic Republic of Congo earned the unenviable distinction of being the worst place in the world to be a mother, with countries in sub-Saharan Africa taking up each of the bottom ten places for the first time in the 14 years that the report has been produced.

The report noted babies born to the poorest mothers in Cambodia, India, Morocco, Mozambique and the Philippines die "at twice the rate of babies born to the richest mothers."

It added that if the Philippines succeeds in closing the equity gap, it could save the lives of 11,800 newborns a year with a 41% reduction in newborn mortality.

Meanwhile, the following are the top 10 best places to be a mom:

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

[With report from Agence France-Presse]

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