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10 facts on maternal health

A trained health worker examines a mother and her newborn baby in a clinic, Kenya
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Fact 6

Most maternal deaths can be prevented

Most of these deaths can be prevented through skilled care at childbirth and access to emergency obstetric care. In sub-Saharan Africa, where maternal mortality ratios are the highest, less than 50% of women are attended by a trained midwife, nurse or doctor during childbirth.

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