Peru improves conditions for mothers, but still falls short

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A recently-released survey shows that conditions for mothers are improving in Peru, but still have a long way to go.

The list, created by Save the Children and called the 2014 Mothers’ Index Ranking, scored 178 different countries on their practices surrounding women and mothers. Save the Children looked at five categories in order to determine which countries offer the best conditions for moms: maternal health, children’s well-being, educational status, economic status, and political status.

Peru is 72nd on the list, tied with Thailand and Ukraine and followed by South Africa. Andina reports that the last study released by Save the Children had Perú seven spots lower on the list.

The top ten countries on the list are the usual suspects: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Australia, and Belgium. The ten lowest-scoring countries, all located in Africa, paint a grim picture for mothers on the continent: Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia.

The United States appears at number 31 on the list, sandwiched between South Korea and Japan. As recently as 2006, the US was one of the top ten nations for mothers, in part due to rising maternal death in the country. According to Save the Children’s new ranking, Peru is the 72nd best country in the world in which to be a mother.

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Rachel Chase

Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.