Maternal Mortality Halved: Celebrate success and recognize room to improve

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

I very  much appreciated the transparency of this report. Not only does UNFPA present different methods for assessing maternal mortality, they also describe their own methods in detail.

As an important aside, “maternal mortality” is defined as : the death of a woman while pregant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggrevated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

For those of you who are visually inclined, there is also a video: http://bcove.me/vw4nf3v2

Communicating Data

Exciting news for data enthusiasts & global health advocates: the UNFPA has released new trends on maternal mortality (1990-2010), with positive news.

The report shows that from 1990 to 2010, the annual number of maternal deaths dropped from more than 543,000 to 287,000 – a decline of 47 percent. While substantial progress has been achieved in almost all regions, many countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa will fail to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of reducing maternal death by 75 per cent from 1990 to 2015. In happier news, ten countries have already reached the MDG target of a 75 per cent reduction in maternal death: Belarus, Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Iran, Lithuania, Maldives, Nepal, Romania and Viet Nam.

In 2010, the global maternal mortality ratio was 210 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest maternal mortality ratio at 500 maternal deaths per 100,000 live…

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