Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report was recently released, comparing the wellbeing of mothers and children in 173 total countries. Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark were listed as the top five countries, receiving very high scores for mothers’ and children’s health, educational and economic status.
On the other hand, DR Congo performs poorly on all fronts, ranking in the bottom five, along with Yemen, Chad, Niger, and Afghanistan, where mothers and children live in dismal conditions.
The statistics revealed in the Mothers’ Index only underscore how deep this chasm is between the top and bottom.
In DR Congo, the findings show that on average, 1 in 13 mothers die during complications associated with childbirth. One child in 5 dies before their fifth birthday, while 1 in 3 suffers from malnutrition. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I told you that nearly every mother in DR Congo is likely to suffer the death of at least one child.
The typical Congolese woman has less than 6 years of education and will live for a mere 49 years, earning only $0.46 for every dollar earned by her male equivalent. Furthermore, nearly 55% of the population lack access to clean, safe water.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the United States (ranking at a modest 28th). The average American woman has 16 years of formal schooling and will live to the age of 82. Only 1 in 4,400 women die from pregnancy-related causes and only 1 child in 125 will die before the age of five.
May this be a year where you celebrate motherhood in whatever country you may live.