by Jarrah Hodge
This weekend many of us in the Western world will be celebrating Mother’s Day. But how are mothers faring here and around the globe? That’s the question Save the Children hopes to answer with their 13th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. The report ranks 165 countries around the globe, looking at factors such as mother’s health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition.
To jump right to the key results, the study showed Niger as the worst country in the world to be a mother, with Norway coming in as the best. Canada moved up one spot from last year, to place 19th. Save the Children noted that of the 10 countries at the bottom, 7 are in the midst of a food crisis. What many of these countries are seeing is a “vicious cycle” of malnourishment where malnourished mothers give birth to underweight babies. If the mother is not able to feed the baby adequately in the first 1000 days, this can have irreversible effects.
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.6 million child deaths each year. 27% of children worldwide are “stunted”, which means they body and mind have suffered permanent damage due to malnutrition. So it is vital to take action, but the report clearly shows that it will be difficult to improve children’s health without improving mothers’ health. Read more