LONDON, May 9.— Cuba is ranked first
among Latin American countries in providing adequate
support to mothers, followed by Argentina and
Uruguay, according to a report by the non-governmental
agency Save the Children.
The study takes into consideration a
series of factors such as health care, as well as
the educational and economic level of mothers. The
well-being of children is measured by indicators
such as infant morality rates and the percentage
lacking adequate nutrition.
The lowest ranking countries in the
region are Nicaragua, number 49; Honduras, 60th, and
Guatemala, 68th, according to the report which
evaluated conditions facing mothers in 165 nations,
according to PL.
On the other hand, the best country
in the world in which to be a mother is Norway,
followed by Iceland and Sweden, as well as Australia
The report indicated that in much of
Sub-Saharan Africa conditions facing mothers and
children are deplorable. It is estimated that women
there have a life expectancy of 56 years, that one
in 16 dies as a result of complications associated
with pregnancy and that only 5% use modern
contraceptives, while one of every three children
suffers from malnutrition.
Save the Children emphasized that
breastfeeding alone could prevent a million infant
deaths a year, although less than 40% of babies in
developed countries are breastfed, according to the
Argentine Télam news agency.
The non governmental organization
based in London warned that if policies do not
change in the poorest countries around the world, at
least 450 million children will face malnutrition
over the next 15 years.