INDIA – A bad place for expecting moms


New Delhi, India: As per the survey conducted globally, where mothers fare best and where they face the utmost hardships, India is placed a miserable 66th amongst 71 countries in the list of less developed countries, only fairly better than countries like Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.

While Peoples of Chinese republic occupies 15th rank, Pakistan, raked sixty nine is amid the only 5 countries that lies below India in offering good serviced to the expecting females. Bangladesh is positioned 13th in an other list that looks at motherly care in 34 “least developed countries” while Nepal is ranked 11th in the list.

The State of the World’s Mothers report 2008, brought out by American humanitarian organization, ‘Save the Children’, says that in India, one in every seventy women face a life-time risk of dying during childbirth. In comparison, it is one in thirteen hundred women in China and one in seventy four women in Pakistan.

The review that documents conditions for mothers in one forty six countries also depicts up the deprived state of institutional deliveries in India.

It found that over 53 percent of births in India were not attended by accomplished health workers while only 43 percent Indian women were using contemporary contraceptives.

The report also says that the expected number of years for formal female schooling was ten in India compared to seventeen in the United States and United Kingdom and 16 in Israel.

Responding to the study findings, a Union health ministry official said the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in India has turn down from 398 per 100,000 live births in the year 1997-98 to 301 per 100,000 live births in the year 2001 to 03.

The study also shows the huge difference between countries in the developed world and those at the contradictory end of the spectrum, such as Niger, Chad, Sierra Leone and Angola.

It depicts how characteristically, a New Zealand woman will take pleasure in full formal education and live to be 83 years old; 72 percent of those of child bearing age use some modern method of contraception; and one in every 167 mothers will lose a child preceding to it turns 5.

The times of India