Maternal deaths have nearly halved in past 25 years

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6129
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

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 …

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