Cuba has been voted the best in the developing world in which to be a mum. This is according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers 2010 survey, which looked at 160 countries in total and determined that the Caribbean island provides the most superior conditions. It staved off competition from Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Chile, Columbia and Brazil, while in developed countries, Norway placed first in the rankings, in front of Australia, Iceland and Sweden.
The report, made public Monday, examines 160 countries – 43 developed and 117 developing ones – and analyzes the best and worst places to be a mother based on 10 factors such as the educational status, health, economic circumstances of the mothers, as well as the basic well-being of children. In the bottom 10, Afghanistan ranked last preceded by Niger, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Sudan, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea. In 2009 Niger was last.
The 2010 list of 43 developed nations and 117 in the developing world highlighted the fact that nearly 350,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth every year and nearly 9 million children die before their fifth birthday. “Conditions for mothers and their children in the bottom 10 countries are grim. On average, 1 in 23 mothers will die from pregnancy-related causes. One child in 6 dies before his or her fifth birthday, and 1 child in 3 suffers from malnutrition,” said a statement from Save the Children.
The body issued a call to improve the number of health care professionals working in the poorest states, stating that 57 destinations face a “critical shortage” of such personnel and 50 million women annually give birth without medical assistance. In addition, the publication called on countries to make investments in those women who are healthcare workers on the front line.