Maternal mortality

C. AbouZahr, T. Wardlaw, C. Stanton, K. Hill

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A new approach to measuring maternal mortality indicates that there are some 585000 maternal deaths, 99% of them in developing countries. This is around 80000 deaths more than earlier estimates have suggested and indicates a substantial underestimatien of maternal mortality in the past. There is a greater disparity in levels of maternal mortality between industrialized and developing countries than in any other public health indicator. While significant progress has been made in reducing infant mortality, the same is not true for maternal mortality. Although the actions needed to reduce maternal mortality have long been known, 1 woman in 50 is still dying as a result of pregnancy-related complications and the figure rises to 1 in 10 in many parts of Africa. By contrast, the figure for developed countries can be as low as 1 in 8000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalWorld Health Statistics Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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