In these 10 countries,
- over half of all births are not attended by skilled birth attendants,
- 1 in 30 women, on average, dies from pregnancy-related causes,
- 1 child in 6 dies before his/her 5th birthday,
- 1 child in 3 suffers from malnutrition,
- 1 child in 7 is not enrolled in primary school,
- on average, females have fewer than 6 years of formal education (up to grade 6. Maybe.),
- 9 out of 10 women will suffer the loss of a child in her lifetime
And the average stats hide regional differences. In Chad and Somalia, 1 in 14 women will die in pregnancy or childbirth. In Ireland, the risk is 1 in 15 000. In Angola, Chad and Guinea, less than 5% of women use modern contraceptives, largely because of culture and access problems.
The rest of sub-Saharan Africa doesn't do too well either. As for South Africa? A 1-in-100 lifetime chance of maternal death and 62-in-1000 under-5 mortality rate in spite of doing well on indicators such as female schooling, skilled birth attendants and access to safe water.
Africa is an amazing, huge, multi-faceted place, with incredible people and outstanding potential but right now it is pretty much the worst possible place to be a mother and possibly a woman.