Belarusian Mothers Fare As Well As British

Belarus is ranked 26th in the State of the World's Mothers report 2014The NGO Save the Children published its annual report which compiles statistics on the status of mothers and children all over the world. Based on the statistics, the rankings are produced for almost 180 countries. Within the survey, the Mothers’ Index is constructed to show where mothers live best and where they face the strongest adversities.

The index ranks the countries according to five indicators that measure a mother's well–being: maternal health (lifetime risk of maternal mortality); children's well–being (the mortality rate of children under five); educational status (expected number of years of formal schooling); economic status (gross national income per capita); and political status (the participation of women in national government).Some of these indicators are direct measures of maternal and child survival; others contribute to improvement of maternal and child health and well–being. The Mothers' Index ranked 178 countries, which are all countries except those with insufficient data or a national population below 100,000.

According to the report, Finland provides the best conditions for maternity and childhood. Finland is closely followed by its Nordic neighbors and other Western European countries that are included in the Top 10.

Belarus is ranked 26th occupying the same place as Great Britain and performing better than Israel, Poland, the United States, Japan, and any country of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Click to see the State of the World's Mothers report 2014