Rabat - Morocco continues to be outperformed by the majority of Arab countries and a number of African countries in the list of world's best places to be a mother published on Monday, May 4th.
Rabat – Morocco continues to be outperformed by the majority of Arab countries and a number of African countries in the list of world’s best places to be a mother published on Monday, May 4th.
The kingdom is ranked 125th in Save the Children’s newest “State of the World’s Mothers 2015: the Urban Disadvantage,” dropping four spots from last year’s rankings.
The new study relied for its global ranking of 179 countries on five key metrics, including per capita income, the lifetime risk of maternal death, the mortality rate for children under five, education status, and women’s participation in in national government.
The Nordic countries: Norway, Finland, Iceland Denmark and Sweden top the rankings this year. According to the ranking, the top 10 countries, in general, attain very high scores for mothers’ and children’s health, educational, economic and political status.
Somalia remained last for the second year in a row performing poorly on all indicators. It was followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Central African Republic, Mali and Niger.
Regionally, Saudi Arabia is ranked 38th, UAE (47th), Bahrain (49th), Libya (50th), Qatar (55th) Tunisia (59th), Kuwait (60th), Oman (63rd), Lebanon (73rd), Algeria (76th), Iraq (100th), Syria (111th) and Egypt (116th). Morocco has only managed to outpace Mauritania and Yemen in the treatment of mothers.
In the report, Save the Children profiles six cities that have made good progress in saving poor children’s lives despite significant population growth.
The cities are: Addis Ababa, (Ethiopia), Cairo, (Egypt), Manila (Philippines), Kampala (Uganda), Guatemala City (Guatemala) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).
According to Save the Children, these cities have achieved success through a variety of strategies to extend access to high impact services, strengthen health systems, lower costs, increase health awareness and make care more accessible to the poorest urban residents.