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Fact of the week



95: Africa and Asia account for 95 per cent of the world's maternal deaths

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health 

Target: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio 

In 2005, the latest year for which firm estimates are available, an estimated 536,000 women died from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all – 95 per cent – of these maternal deaths occurred in Africa and Asia.

Source: UNICEF global databases

Africa is the continent with the highest rate of maternal mortality, estimated at 820 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005. Asia’s rate of maternal death is 350 per 100,000 live births.

In Africa, the lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 26, four times higher than in Asia and more than 300 times higher than in the industrialized countries. 

Reference: https://www.unicef.org/sowc09/docs/SOWC09-FullReport-EN.pdf




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