Abysmal ranking: ‘Pakistan third worst place for mothers’

Published: June 1, 2012
Statistics were revealed in a report entitled ‘13th State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM)’. PHOTOS: REUTERS

Statistics were revealed in a report entitled ‘13th State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM)’. PHOTOS: REUTERS


Ranked at 78th out of 80 less developed countries, Pakistan is the third worst place for a mother, according to a Save the Children report.

The country also held the fourth place for the most deaths of children under five years of age, and a high child stunting rate of 42%.

The shocking statistics were revealed in a report entitled ‘13th State of the World’s Mothers (SOWM)’ launched by Save the Children on Thursday.

The report highlighted important facts pertaining to malnutrition and infant and maternal mortality across the globe.

According to the report, 58% of households in Pakistan are food insecure, 35 % of deaths of children under the age of five are caused due to malnutrition. Further, 33% of deaths of women are caused due to complications in pregnancy.

Malnutrition is one of the root causes of infant and maternal mortality in Pakistan, affecting the future of health and socioeconomic development and productive potential in the country.

However, the report suggests that trends of breastfeeding indicators are moving in the right direction.

Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased from 23% in 1990/91 to 37% in 2006/07. Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality in Pakistan dropped by nearly half, according to the report. While addressing participants at the launch, Dr Saba Gul Khattak, Member Planning Commission of Pakistan, said: Pakistan is far behind in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.

David Wright, the country director of NGO Save the Children International in Pakistan, said, “The 2012 State of the World’s Mothers shows clearly that this crisis of chronic malnutrition has devastating effects on both mothers and their children.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • The more deluded
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:38AM

    “Nation’s honour not to be traded for Prosperity” – General Ashfaq Kayani.

    The prosperity and well-being of the poor, mothers and their children in particular, clearly rank low in our nation’s hierarchy of priorities.


  • Mahine Ahmad
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Another report highlighting how the government is NOT prioritising poverty reduction or women’s empowerment – the only two comprehensive steps which can curb the galloping population increase in Pakistan.
    Countries like Bangladesh and Sierra Leone are more on target to meet the MDGs than Pakistan.
    Wonder what the Govt of Pak will have to say about this report? Or will they brush it under the rug as always!


  • Proud and Loud
    Jun 1, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Arrgh, who cares!! Let’s fire another Hatf 9,10,11, with the range of 351, 352 and 353 at the cost of $100 million, $200 million and $300 million…..


  • AM
    Jun 1, 2012 - 3:02PM

    I am not surprised.


  • Salman
    Jun 1, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Well frankly speaking, this report is absurd. Situation is urban cities are much better and 60% of Pakistan is now residing in cities. May be they have taken afghan mahajireen and people displacement after earth quake and terrorism into account as well.


  • True Muslim Paki
    Jun 1, 2012 - 5:11PM

    I dont think the report is correct. If the situation is so bad, how come the population is rising? Its a conspiracy to defame pakistan.Recommend

  • Sophist virtue
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:11PM

    We are proud Muslim nation with nuclear power, … well enjoy then.


  • John B
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:16PM

    Was watching BBC world news yesterday, and the reporter was following up on the story of a flood displaced family after one year.

    The mother of the family died.

    The slilent anguish and the tears of the husband and children said more than the narration.


  • Taniya
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Why should we care about mothers and infants when we have nuclear weapons and armed forces that require the budget of feeding six countries, what wonderful priorities we have. Ofcourse its more important to fund the maintenance of the presidential house costing 35 lakhs a day but have our future generation dying of hunger .


  • ayesha_khan
    Jun 2, 2012 - 12:23AM

    @True Muslim Paki:
    Here is the actual report. The fact is both India and PAkistan are not doing too well in this area.

    Unlike some reports that are based on perception, this report is based on actual metrics.


    36% NOT 60% of Pakistanis live in urban areas. This number is highest in SOuth Asia (In India 31% people live in urban areas). Anyway, while it is true that things are better in cities compared to villages and this is true for both India and Pakistan, this comparison is across countries and not within a country. So the level of urbanisation in Pakistan is not relevant.


  • A.Khan
    Jun 2, 2012 - 3:01AM

    Different research produce different results, only home done research could be more accurate. We cannot trust those reports compiled outside the country or even inside country by outsiders!!!


  • Char Latan
    Jun 2, 2012 - 7:25AM

    Unfortunately, the study focused on trivial things such as nutrition and did not measure the joy a child must feel knowing that he is protected by sophisticated short-range missiles and nuclear weapons.


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