State of the World's Mothers 2014

Our new State of the World’s Mothers report scores 178 countries on mothers’ and children’s health, educational, economic and political status. Unfortunately South Africa only ranks 75 and conditions for mothers and their children in the bottom ranked countries are even more grim.

The report found:

  • Each day, an estimated 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die from largely preventable causes.
  • 56 percent of maternal and child deaths take place in conflict zones or emergency situations.

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Maternal deaths and child mortality can be dramatically cut when efforts are made to improve services for mothers and children. We urgently need to increase access to healthcare in places where state capacity is weak and conflict and insecurity is widespread. All children have the right to survive, no matter where they are born. Many of these deaths are avoidable, and we can help to prevent them with the right plans and investments before, during, and after a crisis has hit or fighting has intensified.

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Child Protection

Child Protection

South Africa is marked by high levels of violence and exploitation of children in places where they should be safe. All children should thrive in a safe environment.

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

No child under the age of 5 should die from preventable disease and all our children deserve long-term good health.

Children's Rights

Children's Rights

Insufficient resources prevent children from achieving their rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. We are campaigning for a strengthened child-rights system.

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Education

The quality of education in the foundation years has a lasting impact and we are working hard to ensure that every child receives quality basic education.

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