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Maternal Death Declines Sharply Across the Globe

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This good news headline appeared in The New York Times earlier in the year when reporting on the findings published in The Lancet that described a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying annually from pregnancy and childbirth from 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008. This is especially positive in view of the fact that many have considered maternal mortality to be an intractable problem. The study cites the reasons for the improvement as being: lower pregnancy rates in some countries; higher income that has a positive effect on nutritional status and access to healthcare; improved education for women; and the increasing availability of ‘skilled attendants’ to help women give birth. Improvements in large countries such as India and China significantly impact on bringing the global death rates down. This report, however, does not mean that we can now be complacent. Addressing maternal mortality must remain high on the agenda – especially considering that the 2009 MDG Goal Report still states that 536,000 women and girls die as a result of complications during pregnancy, childbirth and the six weeks following delivery.

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Year 2010
Authors Visakha Tillekeratne
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/QDPA9148
DOI Number 10.52439/QDPA9148
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