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10 facts on maternal health

A pregnant woman in Jamaica, with her two children.
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Fact 9

Reducing the maternal mortality ratio has been slow

One target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015. So far, progress has been slow. Since 1990 the global maternal mortality ratio has declined by only 2.6% annually instead of the 5.5% needed to achieve MDG 5, aimed at improving maternal health.

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