Vietnamese women thrice as likely to die in childbirth and pregnancy as mothers in Thailand: report

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A woman carries her child with facial deformity while waiting for the surgery at a hospital in Hanoi last November.  Photo credit: Reuters A woman carries her child with facial deformity while waiting for the surgery at a hospital in Hanoi last November. Photo credit: Reuters
Vietnamese women face a 1 in 1,100 risk of maternal death, according to an annual report released by the non-profit organization Save the Children on Monday.
This is greater than Thailand (2,900), Malaysia (1,600) and Singapore (13,900), according to Save the Children's annual State of the World's Mothers report.
Save the Children ranked 179 countries based on five indicators: maternal health, children's well-being, and educational, economic, and political status.
When taking all of these factors into account, Vietnam ranked 98th globally, down five spots from last year’s rankings.
The report also finds a child born in Vietnam is nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five as in Thailand. Vietnam has a child mortality rate of 23.8 per 1,000 births, while Thailand’s rate is 13.1.
Meanwhile, the urban child survival gap between the rich and the poor in Vietnam is among the largest worldwide with poor urban children being 3.6 times as likely to die by age 5 as their rich peers.
“The survival of millions of children in cities should not be a privilege for the rich but guaranteed for all,”Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children, said in a press release.
“We are calling on municipal and national leaders to put the health needs of mothers and children at the top of their agendas, and make universal quality health care a reality,” she said.
Scandinavian countries have consistently taken the first spots in the Mothers' Index, with Norway this year knocking Finland off the top spot.
Australia is the only non-European country to make the top ten in the list. It ranked ninth.
Women in the United States face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst odds of any developed country in the world, according to the report.
Somalia is judged the worst place for mothers, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
Best countries for mothers:
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
 
Worst countries for mothers:
  • Somalia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • The Central African Republic
  • Mali
  • Niger
Save the Children is a global nonprofit organization aimed at improving the health of children worldwide.

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