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Maternal mortality and mothers' deaths as development indicators

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:835
  1. Bruce Currey, adviser in community health (
  1. Dhaka Community Hospital, BoroMaghbazaar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    (See p 809)

    EDITOR—In the new millennium maternal mortality has come to be recognised as a lead development indicator, replacing financial indicators such as gross national product that were used during the 20th century. Although this shift represents progress, the interpretation of maternal mortality needs reconsideration. For example, a key international development target selected by the Development Assistance Committee is a three quarters reduction in maternal mortality by 2015.1 At country level, maternal mortality ratio is used as the main verifiable indicator in health planning and …

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