Bahrain ‘best country for mothers’
Manama, May 6, 2010
Bahrain is the best country in the Middle East for mothers, according to a new report by international organisation Save the Children.
However, it is the fourth best place in the region for children, according to the State of the World's Mothers 2010 report, which was based on a study of 160 countries.
The report found that a staggering 8.8 million children around the globe die before reaching the age of five every year, along with 343,000 women who lose their lives due to pregnancy or childbirth complications.
But Bahrain fared better than other Middle East countries, being ranked 25th out of 77 countries in tier two of the Complete Mother's Index - reserved for those countries deemed 'less developed' - based on women's health, education, and economic and political status.
Norway was deemed to be the best country in the world for mums, while Afghanistan was the worst.
Among the report's key findings was that an alarming number of countries could not provide the most basic health care that would save the lives of mothers and children.
It recommends that countries should train and deploy more health workers, especially midwives and other female health staff, provide better incentives to attract and retain qualified female health workers, invest in girls' education, strengthen basic health systems and design health care programmes to better target the poorest and most marginalised mothers and children. – TradeArabia News Service