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Safe Motherhood Initiatives: Critical Issues

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:839
  1. Veena S Raleigh, senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health
  1. Postgraduate Medical School, University of Surrey, Guildford

    Eds Marge Berer, T K Sundari Ravindran

    Reproductive Health Matters, £24, pp 244 ISBN 0 9531210 11

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    Differences in maternal mortality constitute the greatest inequality in health between developed and developing countries. About 600 000 women in developing countries die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, of whom one in six die from an unsafe abortion. Whereas maternal deaths have become rare events in the developed world, pregnancy continues to be unnecessarily hazardous for most poor women in the South, even in countries that have achieved substantial health gains in other areas. The combination of high maternal mortality and high fertility means that …

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