India slips to 75 on mom wellness index

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    India slips to 75 on mom wellness index
    India - 8 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: Becoming a mother is not a woman's most memorable experience in India.

    Consider this: one out of every 140 women in the country runs the risk of dying during childbirth. An average Indian woman's life expectancy is only 66 years, which is among the lowest in the world. Less than half (49%) of women in the country use some form of modern contraceptives. Only 11% of the seats in power or government are occupied by women. An average woman has around 10 years of formal schooling. Just over half (53%) of women are assisted by trained health workers while giving birth to a child.

    These are the findings of Save the Children's " State of the World's mothers 2011" report. It looks at how good the life of a woman or a mother is around the globe. The report ranks India right on top among the 12 countries that account for two-thirds of both under-five mortality and maternal deaths in the world. Overall, India's position has fallen further as compared to last year's index, slipping from 73 to 75.

    Compare India's figure's to neighbour China. In China, one out of every 1,500 women runs the risk of dying during childbirth. Almost 99% of women are assisted by trained health workers while giving birth to a child. Around 86% of women in China use some form of modern contraceptives. An average Chinese woman is expected to live for 75 years. Majority of women have 12 years of formal schooling. Around 21% of the seats in power or government are occupied by women.

    Norway is the best place to live for a mother. Skilled health personnel are present at virtually every birth in the Scandinavian nation. A typical Norwegian woman has 18 years of formal education, and a life span of 83 years. About 82% use some modern method of contraception, and only one in 175 will lose a child before h/his fifth birthday. Norway boasts of generous maternity leave, lowest infant mortality rate and high pre-school attendance rates.

    The world's toughest place to be a mother is Afghanistan, where two out of every five children are malnourished and one in five will die before h/his fifth birthday. Afghan women have less than five years of schooling on an average, and female life expectancy is only 45 years.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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