Maternal deaths have nearly halved in past 25 yearsBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6129 (Published 13 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6129
- Ingrid Torjesen
The risk of a woman dying through pregnancy and childbirth has fallen by 44% over the past 25 years, but the world has missed the millennium development goal to cut maternal deaths by 75%, a report from United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group has shown.1
Just nine countries managed to achieve a 75% reduction in maternal death rates in the period from 1990 to 2015: Bhutan, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.
Worldwide, around 532 000 maternal deaths were …