Report Ranks Niger as the Worst Country in the World to be a Mother

What are the world’s best and worst places to be a mother? Save the Children’s State of The World’s 13th annual Mothers’ Index analyzes health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 165 countries.

Norway ranks #1 this year, topping the more developed countries and Niger ranks last, at the very bottom of the least developed countries.
Nigeria ranks #80, last in the less developed countries category. Cuba leads this category, with South Africa and Ghana  holding spots #33 and #67 respectively.
The United States comes in #25 out of 43 more developed countries.

2012 Mothers’ Index Rankings

TOP 10 – BEST PLACES TO BE A MOTHER BOTTOM 10 – WORST PLACES TO BE A MOTHER
RANK COUNTRY RANK COUNTRY
1 Norway 156 DR Congo
2 Iceland 156 South Sudan
3 Sweden 156 Sudan
4 New Zealand 159 Chad
5 Denmark 160 Eritrea
6 Finland 161 Mali
7 Australia 162 Guinea-Bissau
8 Belgium 163 Yemen
9 Ireland 164 Afghanistan
10 Netherlands/United Kingdom 165 Niger

The report shows how low cost solutions like breastfeeding and basic hygiene can save more than 1 million children’s lives each year. Read the interactive report, watch the videos and share info graphics. You can also sign a petition to urge World Leaders to support child survival solutions.

Download in PDF format the full report by clicking here, the Executive Summary by clicking here, and the complete list of rankings by clicking here.

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