Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Forbes Living TV Reviews the U.S. Rank on Maternal and Child Health

Mother’s Day is a few days away. This is the one day a year when people celebrate and honor the woman of the family who brings children into the world and cares for everyone in the family. In that light, Forbes Living TV reviews where the U.S. ranks in material and child health.

Save the Children, a global non-profit organization whose goals are to improve the health of children around the world, ranked 179 countries based on five criteria: maternal health, children’s well-being, education, economic, and political status. The United States ranked 61st globally in maternal health coming in worse than any developed country in the world. Women in the U.S. face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death. It also ranked 42nd in children’s well-being. Countries that ranked at the top were Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.

Forbes Living also notes from the report that infant mortality rates in capital cities are not that great: Washington, D.C. had a rate of 7.9 deaths per 1,000 in 2012. The under age five mortality rate in the U.S. is 6.9 per 1,000 live births. That means that an American child is just as likely to die before age five as a child in Bosnia or Serbia. The 16th Annual State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report calculates world health for moms and children worldwide. Even though some of the above facts seem alarming, the U.S. still has some of the best healthcare in the world. We must take excellent care of expectant moms, newborns, infants and children.


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