Sexual and reproductive health

Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2010

WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank estimates

World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank

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Number of pages: 59
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150363 1


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 on going efforts, the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank updated estimates of maternal mortality for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010.


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