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10 facts on maternal health

A nurse attending women in labour in a pre-delivery room in Senegal.
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Fact 10

The lack of skilled care is the main obstacle to better health for mothers

This is aggravated by a global shortage of qualified health workers. Only 51% of women in low-income countries benefit from skilled care during childbirth. This means that millions of births are not assisted by a midwife, a doctor or a trained nurse.

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