TEXT 3 - Questions 55 to 60
THE MOM REPORT
The State of the Worldís Mothers 2000 is a new report thatís determined
the status of motherhood around the globe - examining which components
contribute to the well-being of women and children in 106 countries.
Issued by the Save the Children organization, the report has recorded
worldwide statistics on factors such as lifetime risk of maternal mortality,
percentage of births attended by trained personnel, prevalence of
contraceptive use, and literacy rates. Two elements made the greatest
difference to a countryís rank: female education and family planning.
And national wealth alone did not guarantee the well-being of mothers.
The top ten countries that fared best
for motherhood were Norway,
Canada, Australia, Switzerland, United
States, the Netherlands, United
Kingdom, Finland, France, and
Cyprus. Most surprising: Although the
U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries
in the world, we have one of the
highest infant and maternal mortality
rates among industrialized nations, in
part because of the lack of national
health insurance and disparities in the
health status of minorites.
Elle, August 2000. p. 140.
wealth = riqueza
According to the text, The State of the World's Mother 2000 reveals the condition of motherhood around the world by examining the