Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Maternal and reproductive health

Maternal mortality: Every day in 2010, about 800 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth, including severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortions. Out of the 800, 440 deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and 230 in Southern Asia, compared to five in high-income countries. The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a pregnancy-related cause during her lifetime is about 25 times higher compared to a woman living in a developed country. Maternal mortality is a health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them.

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287 000women died in 2010

Maternal mortality

Access to skilled care

<50%of deliveries were attended by a skilled attendant in low-income countries

Skilled attendants at birth

Preventing unintended pregnancies

12%of women 15-49 married or in union wanting to avoid a pregnancy did not have access to or are not using an effective method of contraception

Unmet needs for family planning