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Sixty seconds on . . . maternal deaths

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 18 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6164
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Maternal mortality has almost halved worldwide in the past 25 years. So can we pat ourselves on the back?

Not quite. The risk of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth is now 44% lower than it was in 1990, which is great news, but not as good as was hoped for.

Why the disappointment?

The UN millennium development goal was to cut maternal mortality by 75% between 1990 and 2015, so …

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