Last Updated on April 13, 2017 by Marie Bautista
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
Save the Children launched its global 16th ‘State of the World’s Mothers’ index which ranks each country in the world as the best and toughest places to be a mother. Every year, the report contains the Mothers’ Index which uses the latest data on maternal health, child health, educational attainment, economic status and female political participation to rank 175+ countries on where it’s best and toughest to be a mother.
Here is a piece of good news: Child survival rates in Metro Manila improved by 50% says Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report.
Metro Manila was among top cities in the world to cut child mortality rates among urban poor, according to 2015 State of the World’s Mothers global index published by Save the Children.
The annual global mother’s index report reveals that in the last 20 years, child survival rates among the urban poor in Metro Manila, have improved in comparison to other developing countries. Between 1993 and 2008, the child mortality rate went from 81 to 38 deaths per 1,000 lives deaths. Over this period of time, the poorest urban children went from being 4 times as likely to die to being twice as likely to die compared to their wealthy peers. The capital region has also achieved about 4% reduction in under-5 mortality per year since 1998.
Metro Manila’s success comes from improved quality of services, public-private partnerships, structural reforms and health care innovations introduced to the local government units and sustained involvement of civil society in maternal and child health care programs.
Despite progress, the global study cited the National Statistics Office (NSO data) which suggests that 1 in 5 infants who died in 2010 were in the capital region. While health facilities and obstetric care are physically more accessible in the capital region, the report revealed that many poor people still could not afford associated health costs.
As progress in child survival continues to be localized and in some areas stalls, Save the Children Philippines is working alongside the government and families to ensure that the good work continues and children, particularly those in manila are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential .
In this year’s country ranking of the State of the World’s Mothers report, which ranks the wellbeing of mothers and children, Philippines maintains its place from last year at number 105 out of 179 countries, behind Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia in South East Asia. The country is just ahead of Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
Ned Olney, Country Director of Save the Children, says:
“The progress we have seen in the past two decades shows that closing the child survival gap between rich and the poor is attainable. But cities need to keep up with the breakneck growth as thousands of mothers and children in cities still have limited access to essential health services, food and clean water they need to survive and stay healthy. Save the Children is calling for strict implementation of maternal, child and newborn health care programs, including infant and young child feeding and increased local government investment to trainings for frontline health workers.”
Elizabeth O. says
That's a great improvement. I hope the government continues to spread the knowledge and provide better health care to urban areas.
The rank is not bad but we really need to improve our health care facilities and services.
Mayen Acebron says
Our organization also provide feeding program in many parishes in Quezon City. It is really important to help the children, especially in marginalized community, to reach their out most potential. This is one way of changing their economic condition. Simultaneously, we also need to empower the parents, especially mothers. Also, Filipino Moms are great moms.
JanzCrystalz January says
That's a bit of Good news! I hope Save the Children Philippines will continue to work hard and the government will continue to give support to save the children, our future's hope.
Mommy Maye says
That really is great news. There are improvements naman in health center. There are more vaccines na din like the pneumococcal vaccine. Then masipag na sila mag house to house. Hopefully, aakyat pa tayo ng pwesto 🙂
Dominique Goh says
There are so many challenges that a mother faces nowadays. Hope it gets easier in time.
Anna Plaida says
It's nice to see that there is something that the government do to be able to help the children in urban area
Wow this news is really great. Hope our government would totally help mothers in some unreached places in our country.
Nilyn EC Matugas says
There's not much we can expect, especially with a corrupt gov't here in the PH…
Allan D says
At least we are not in the last ranking. I hope we will do better in the next years.
I appreciate how the government work for that.
Good to know that we have improved, but much yet needs to be done. Kudos for NGOs like Save the Children who work at the grassroots and partners with government agencies to ensure that service is delivered where it is needed.
Ron Leyba says
Although there's a big improvement, for sure the government and the localities can improve the rate even more. Moms deserves the best!
It's super challenging to be a mom. No profession can top that! 🙂
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
It's nice to know that we are improving in terms of motherhood and child survival.
Melgie Campbell says
That's great news! My told me that they have a new open health center in our area now which offer free vaccines and check-ups which is really nice and offers a lot of help.
Maria Seg says
There is always room for improvement! I hope we improve for the better amidst some corrupt officials in the government.