While this report gives credit to Singapore for its excellent maternal and child health care programs, this is not a really an enviable position, considering that the country also has one of the lowest birth rates in the world – only about eight births per 1,000 people. The usual incentives of tax cuts and baby bonuses have had little effect to reverse its population decline. Any country that has legalized abortion, like Singapore, is not a safe place for mothers and babies.
According to the children’s aid agency, Save the Children, Singapore is the safest place to be born and the best place to be a mother in Asia, beating competitors Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. Singapore has the lowest first-day mortality rate in Asia (at less than 0.5 deaths in the first day per 1,000 live births), making it the safest place in the region to be born.
Globally, 6.9 million children die each year before their fifth birthday with a million of those within the first day, making it the most dangerous day in any person’s life.
Singapore is ranked 15th on the best places to be a mother, based on factors such as mother’s health, education and economic status, as well as critical child indicators such as health and nutrition. Singapore came in ahead of all Asian counterparts, including Japan (tied for 31st), South Korea (tied for 31st) and Malaysia (70th). Overall, Finland was declared the best place in the world to be a mother while Democratic Republic of Congo came in last.