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Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

Women sitting on the floor with babies. A health worker is feeding a baby with mashed food, India

Achievement 7: maternal health improvements

100 years ago, women's life expectancy was much lower than today because they often died in childbirth or due to pregnancy-related complications. In 2011, life expectancy is higher for women than men in most countries.

While more women survive childbirth now than they did 100 years ago more still needs to be done in developing countries.

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