India is Not the Best Place to be a Mother

by Rajshri on  May 4, 2010 at 9:10 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Norway is the best place to be a mother while Afghanistan is the worst, according to the latest State of the World's Mothers report released by Save the Children foundation.
 India is Not the Best Place to be a Mother
India is Not the Best Place to be a Mother

Australia was the second best country for become a mother with just one in 13,300 women dying in childbirth while Great Britain was ranked 14th with USA falling a place down to 28th.

India ranked a dismal 73rd in the list of 160 countries in spite of making good progress in reducing maternal mortality rate.

The report, released four days ahead of the Mothers Day, revealed that more than 350,000 deaths occur every year during pregnancy or child birth while more than 9 million children die even before they reach five years of age.

Source: Medindia

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From 73rd, India is sure to climb the ladder . Health care remains another huge concern. According to a recent Planning Commission assessment, the shortfall of primary health centres and sub-centres in 2008 has remained almost the same as in 2005, and the number of auxiliary nurse midwives has, in fact, decreased over the same period. Today, there is a 50 per cent shortfall in trained health workers, radiographers, lab technicians and doctors. At the existing rate, only 62 per cent deliveries will be attended by skilled personnel by 2015 - with rural areas being particularly under-serviced. Sanitation, unfortunately, has never been a policy priority for India despite that fact that drinking water contaminated by faecal matter is a major cause of child deaths. The Report admits that India has the lowest sanitation coverage in the world - in 2007-08, an estimated 66 per cent of rural households did not have toilet facilities.
kohinoor Thursday, May 20, 2010

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