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State of the World's Mothers 2013

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the world’s worst place to become a mother, according to the State of the World’s Mothers 2013, an annual report from Save the Children ranking the best and worst places to be a mother. This year’s report focuses on “Surviving the First Day”.

“We have old hospitals with little or no equipment, very low salaries for health workers as well as poor access to hospitals for expectant mothers. There’s no budget in the Ministry of Health,” Dr. Claude Sabwa in the DRC told Thomson Reuters Foundation. “The current conflict is also creating a lot of movement of people and with this comes the spread of infectious disease, in particular cholera, so we need to improve hygiene and sanitation,” Sabwa said.

World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative is working in four of the ten worst nations in which to be a mother: Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Most moms say they’d rather receive a gift that helps someone else for Mother’s Day. To honor a mother in your life, consider giving to Strong Women, Strong World or sponsoring a child.

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by praying for mothers everywhere!

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