Sexual and reproductive health

Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008

Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank

World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank

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Publication date: 2010
Languages: English, French
ISBN: 978 92 4 150026 5


Millennium development goal (MDG) 5 Target 5A calls for the reduction of maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015. It has been a challenge to assess the extent of progress due to the lack of reliable and accurate maternal mortality data – particularly in developing-country settings where maternal mortality is high.

As part of on going efforts, the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank revised and improved earlier methods to estimate maternal mortality in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2008; and developed methodology to present trends in maternal mortality from 1990 to 2008 at country, regional, and global levels.

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