US Ranks Worst Among Rich Nations in Maternal Death Rates

October 10, 2020 0 By PENTICTONLAWYERS

In a “rapidly urbanizing world,” the poorest mothers and children living in urban centers—in developing countries and Western nations alike—face similar obstacles and high risk of death, a new report by Save the Children has found.

State of the World’s Mothers: The Urban Disadvantage, published Monday, details the hardships faced by impoverished families living in urban areas around the globe that have contributed to a growing survival gap between the world’s rich and poor.

“Our report reveals a devastating child survival divide between the haves and have-nots, telling a tale of two cities among urban communities around the world, including the United States,” Save the Children president and CEO Carolyn Miles said while announcing the findings.

The U.S. ranked the worst among all developed nations for maternal risk of death.

Using five indicators, the annual report also indexes the best and worst countries for mothers, ranking 172 nations on maternal health, children’s well-being, educational status, economic status, and women’s political status.

The U.S. fell two slots from last year’s index, dropping from 31st to 33rd in the world. It also performed poorly on political representation, ranking 89th overall with a total 19.5 percent of national government seats being held by women.

Further, “[a]mong capital cities in high-income countries, Washington, D.C. has the highest infant death risk and great inequality,” the report states. What’s more, that rate—which is three times higher than those in Stockholm or Tokyo—is at an all-time low for the district.