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10 facts on maternal health

A pregnant woman in Sudan.

Fact 5

Maternal health mirrors the gap between the rich and the poor

Less than 1% of maternal deaths occur in high-income countries. The maternal mortality ratio in developing countries is 239 per 100 000 births versus 12 per 100 000 in developed countries. Also, maternal mortality is higher in rural areas and among poorer and less educated communities. Approximately 830 women die every day the countries represented by these deaths is widely disproportionate. Roughly 550 women live in sub-Saharan Africa and 180 live in Southern Asia compared to 8 in high-income countries.

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