Ten Worst Countries for Mothers

Updated April 20, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

Somalia is the country with the hardest conditions for mothers

The following table lists the ten worst countries of the world to be a mother according to the most recent report from Save the Children. The Mother's Index ranks the health, educational, and economic conditions of 179 countries. Industrialized and especially European countries are consistently among the highest ranking countries, while countries of sub-Saharan Africa dominate the lowest ranking.


The countries that make the list have a few common elements. The countries that make this list lack comprehensive national health care services, meaning many expectant mothers can't access proper prenatal care. Many of the countries on the list also suffer from widespread conflicts and shortages of food or water.

Source: savethechildren.org, Mother's Index.
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