Maternal Mortality - The Facts
The countries where mothers are most (and least) at risk
The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) shows deaths per 100,000 live births; the lifetime risk also takes into account the fertility rate.
Over 84% of maternal deaths occur in Africa and South Asia
Skilled birth attendance
This map shows the percentage of births attended by skilled health personnel around the world in the 2000-06 period. Note how similar it is to the map of maternal mortality rates on the facing page – making sure that all births are overseen by health workers is the single most important means of preventing maternal and newborn deaths.
Why do women die giving birth?
Haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal death in both Africa and Asia.
Most mothers who die come from just 10 countries
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