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10 facts on maternal health

A child embracing his pregnant mother.
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Fact 1

Worldwide, 800 women die every day due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth - about 287 000 women in 2010. In developing countries, conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth constitute the second leading causes (after HIV/AIDS) of death among women of reproductive age.

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