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Maternal mortality fell by a third over 18 years, says UN

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5068
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The number of women worldwide dying from complications during pregnancy and childbirth each year fell by 34% between 1990 and 2008, from 546 000 to 358 000, show new data from the World Health Organization, Unicef, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Bank.

    “The global reduction in maternal death rates is encouraging news,” said Margaret Chan, WHO’s director general. “Countries where women are facing a high risk of death during pregnancy or childbirth are taking measures that are proving effective; they are training more midwives and strengthening hospitals and health centres to assist pregnant women.”

    In the world’s developing regions the largest fall in maternal mortality was posted by Eastern Asia (with a decrease of 63%), followed by South Eastern Asia (57%), and South Asia (53%). It fell by …

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