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Qatar ranked the best place in Arab world for children

Qatar has been ranked as the best place in the Arab World for children to grow up safely and in a healthy manner, as per the latest global index by Save The Children.
The international charity’s latest report published this month, rated 172 countries, based on their living standards for children and adolescents. On examining various factors including health, society, politics and culture, which can possibly impact the safety and security of a child, Qatar was ranked 34th overall, with a score of 947.
Qatar was the top Arab country, while globally it was just behind Singapore (33rd) but ahead of US (36th).

However, all other Gulf States came in the top 50, with Kuwait in the 38th place, followed by Oman at 43rd and Saudi Arabia at 47th.

However, the UAE and Bahrain did not feature in the index due to insufficient data, the report said.

The eight key factors assessed were: under-five mortality, child nutrition, children school drop-out, child labor incidence, adolescent girls married or in union, birth rate for adolescent girls, child homicide rate, and figures for population forcibly displaced due to conflict.

The scores were awarded for each indicator, to create an overall country score, which determined the ranking of each state.

As per report, the nations with highest scores held the top rankings, as their children were thought to have the most protected childhoods. The countries at the bottom of the table were most at risk of having their childhoods ended prematurely, the report said.

The index is the first in the likes of an annual examination of countries’ performance by Save the Children. While the European countries were on top of the index, with Norway and Slovenia taking joint first place, followed by Finland, the South Korea was the only non-European country in the top 10, sharing 10th place with Germany.
Countries from West and Central Africa were seen in the bottom 10 countries’ list, at the opposite end of the scale.

Posted on 20/6/2017

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