Maternal and reproductive health
Maternal mortality: Every day in 2013, about 800 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented. The primary causes of death are haemorrhage, hypertension, infections, and indirect causes, mostly due to interaction between pre-existing medical conditions and pregnancy. The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a maternal-related cause during her lifetime is about 23 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, urban and rural areas, both between countries and within them.
289 000women died in 2013Maternal mortality
Access to skilled care
51%of deliveries were attended by a skilled attendant in low-income countriesSkilled 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 contraceptionUnmet needs for family planning