Maternal mortality falls worldwide

16 November 2015

A new analysis of maternal mortality data conducted by the United Nations inter-agency group on the matter has revealed that the number of mothers dying during or shortly after childbirth has decreased around the world.

Overall, maternal mortality fell by 43.9 per cent between 1990 and 2015, from 385 deaths per 100,000 live births at the beginning of the period examined to 216 by the end.

The researchers drew particular attention to East Asia, where maternal mortality was cut by 72 per cent over 25 years, although this still fell slightly short of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which set a target reduction of 75 per cent between 1990 and 2015.

In nine countries, maternal mortality was down by 75 per cent or more. These were Bhutan, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste. However, the lowest reduction was seen in the Caribbean, where countries cut the rate by an average of 1.8 per cent per year, compared to a 2.3 per cent global average.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 

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