Belarus Breaks Into Top 25 Countries to Be a Mother

Belarus Breaks Into Top 25 Countries to Be a MotherThe NGO Save the Children published its16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Using data from UN agencies, researchers compiled the index of 179 countries to rank the best and worst places of the world to be a mother. The rankings are based on the latest available data on five indicators that measure a mother's well–being. They are 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).

Belarus made it into the list of the top 25 countries in the world to be a mother, coming in at 25th place in the charity’s 2015 Mothers’ Index. This year’s position is a slight improvement on 2014, when Belarus was 26th in the rankings.

This year's report found that Belarus shows the world’s best indicator of maternal health. Belarusian women face a one–in–45,200 chance of dying while pregnant or giving birth. In Belarus, the risk is six times lower than in Great Britain, seventeen times lower than in Russia, and 25 times lower than in the United States.

Among the other statistics, the report revealed that a Belarusian child under the age of five is nearly just as likely to die (4.9 per 1,000 live births) as one in Lithuania, Poland,  UK, Canada, Croatia, Belgium or Greece.

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

Belarus is ranked 25th occupying the same place as the Czech Republic and performing better than Baltic States, Poland, Japan, the United States, and any country of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

See also:

The State of the World's Mothers report 2015

Belarusian Mothers Fare as Well as British