Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

Save the Chil­dren has re­leased its 15th an­nual State of the World’s Moth­ers Re­port, re­veal­ing the best and tough­est places to be a mum. New Zealand is placed in the top 20 – com­ing in at 16th on the list, up from 17th po­si­tion last year. Fin­land, Nor­way and Swe­den came in at num­bers one, two and three this year, with Aus­tralia, also polling ahead of New Zealand at ninth on the list. The worst places to be a mother were So­ma­lia, which ranked last at 178, be­hind the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo at 177 and Mali and Niger – both placed at 175. The rank­ing looks at fac­tors such as a mother’s health, ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic sta­tus, as well as crit­i­cal child in­di­ca­tors such as health and nu­tri­tion.

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