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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 230 per 100 000 births versus 16 per 100 000 in developed countries. Also, maternal mortality is higher in rural areas and among poorer and less educated communities. Of the 800 women who die every day, 500 live in sub-Saharan Africa, 190 in Southern Asia and 6 in high-income countries.

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