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Global Motherhood Index; India Ranks 140th
May 13, 2015

India has slipped further in an annual survey analysing the world's best places to be a mother, ranking 140th behind countries like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Iraq. in Save the Children’s ‘State of the World’s Mother: The Urban Disadvantage’ World's Mothers' Report for 2015 ranked India at 140, down from last year's 137th.

  • Amongst developed countries the United States continues to be outpaced by smaller countries in its treatment of its mothers, dropping two spots to 33rd place.

  • Norway rose to the top of the list while Somalia remained last for the second year in a row.

  • Top-5 best countries for mothers are Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.

  • Top-5 worst countries for mothers are Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Central African Republic, Mali and Niger.

  • US ranked 33rd and the UK 23rd in the index of 179 countries by using data from UN agencies.

  • For neighbouring countries of India China 60th, Sri Lanks 92nd, Nepal 114th, Bhutan 122nd and Bangladesh is ranked 130th.

  • India has slipped further in an annual survey ranking 140th behind countries like Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Iraq from last year's 137th position.

  • Indian children on average spend 11.7 years in formal schooling.

  • 52.7 out of 1,000 children in India die before their fifth birthday. The global under-five mortality rate has come down by half from 90 to 46 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1990 and 2013.

  • India is also part of a list of 10 countries with the greatest survival divide between wealthy and poor urban children. The other countries include Rwanda, Cambodia, Kenya, Vietnam, Peru, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Madagascar.

  • The 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report delves into a comparison of the health disparities between wealthy and poor women and children living in cities around the world.

The five indicators in the 2015 Mothers' Index of 179 countries are—the lifetime risk of maternal death; children's well-being as measured by their under-5 mortality rate; educational status, as measured by children's expected years of formal schooling; economic status, as measured by gross national income per capita; and political status, measured by women's participation in national government.


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