Maternal morbidity rates

Maternal morbidity rates

Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008

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English
Translated Title: 
Tendances de la mortalité maternelle sur la période 1990-2008
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Online
Publisher: 
World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

Reports that the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth decreased by 34% from an estimated 546 000 in 1990 to 358 000 in 2008. The authors says the progress is notable, but that the annual rate of decline is less than half of what is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 75% between 1990 and 2015. This will require an annual decline of 5.5%. The 34% decline since 1990 translates into an average annual decline of just 2.3%.

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ISBN: 978 92 4 150026 5
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Includes bibliographical references.

Maternal mortality in 2000: estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA

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English
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Online
Author: 
Carla AbouZahr
Tessa Wardlaw
Publisher: 
World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

Summarizes the complexity involved in measuring maternal mortality and the reasons why such measurement is subject to uncertainty, particularly when it comes to monitoring progress. Analyzes and interprets the results, pointing out some of the pitfalls that may be encountered in attempting to use the estimates to draw conclusions about trends. Also presents a summary of the kind of information needed to build a fuller understanding of both the levels and trends in maternal mortality and the interventions needed to achieve sustained reductions in the coming few years.

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