Save the Children releases latest global motherhood rankings.
Save the Children has published its 16th State of The World’s Mothers report, which compares health disparities between wealthy and poor women and children living in cities around the world. There are five indicators: maternal death (death of the mother while pregnant or within 42 days of giving birth), children’s well-being (under-five mortality rates), educational status, economic status, and political status.
Vietnam ranked 98th out of 179 countries in this latest index. In maternal death, it recorded 1/1,100 mothers on average, while in the children’s well-being indicator it had 23.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births on average. The average expected number of years of formal schooling Vietnamese children have is 11.9, with gross national income per capita of $1,740 recorded in the economic status indicator. In terms of political status, which measures participation of women in government, Vietnam has 24.3 National Assembly seats held by women.
Though being around the midway point in the overall rankings, Vietnam is one of eleven countries with the widest gap in child survival between rich and poor urban children, joining Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, where poor urban children are three to five-times more likely to die than their more affluent peers.
Save the Children is an international organization that invests in childhood activities every day, in times of crisis and for the future. It aims to give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives it seeks to change the course of their future and that of adults.