Map: The best (and worst) countries to be a mother

Ethiopia, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Central African Republic, United States of America

On average, one woman in 30 is likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, and seven out of 10 women will lose a child in their lifetime. Despite global improvements in children’s and maternal health, inequality between the world’s richest and poorest mothers and children is widening.

‘Tale of Two Cities’ Widens Worldwide for Children, Study Shows

Nigeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Central African Republic, Kenya, Vietnam, United States of America

In two-thirds of the 36 developing countries among the 179 nations surveyed, the poorest urban children are at least twice as likely to die as their wealthier counterparts, according to the report.

Africa: ‘No Excuse’ for Newborn Deaths

Nigeria, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Central African Republic

“There has been a fatalistic acceptance from both communities and governments,” Professor Joy Lawn, a Ugandan-born paediatrician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told AllAfrica in a telephone interview.

A million babies a year die within 24 hours – report

Nigeria, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia

Save the Children want governments to issue declarations on ending preventable newborn mortality, and said they would present their action plan to government ministers.

More midwives needed to improve maternal and newborn survival

Ethiopia, Indonesia, Somalia, Tanzania, United Republic of

Retention of midwives, especially in rural areas, is a major challenge for many countries, one that threatens to negate all the hard work and resources invested in their training.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF

Cambodia, Chad, China, Indonesia, Somalia

Despite the well documented benefits of breastfeeding worldwide, only 39 per cent of children aged less than six months were exclusively breastfed in 2012. This global figure has improved very little for the past several decades.

DR Congo toughest place for mothers – Save the Children

Nigeria, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, India, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Central African Republic, United States of America

The charity compared factors such as maternal health, child mortality, education and income in 176 countries. 

Save the Children mothers’ index: 10 worst countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Somalia, United States of America

For the first time, the charity has compiled a separate index on newborn deaths. While deaths of children under five around the world have come down substantially in recent years, there has been little progress on newborns.  

mHealth ‘could save a million African lives by 2017’

Botswana, Somalia

"Delivering mobile-assisted awareness to pregnant mothers and traditional birth attendants could reduce prenatal and maternal mortality by up to 30 percent," according to the report.

Children Five Times More Likely to Die in Countries Hit by Health Worker Crisis, Save the Children Finds

Chad, Somalia

A new index by Save the Children has ranked the best and worst countries for a child to fall sick in — with Chad and Somalia at the bottom and Switzerland and Finland at the top.  The bottom-ranked countries on the new index have extreme health worker shortages.