Sexual and reproductive health

Maternal mortality in 1995

Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Maternal mortality in 1995. Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA

Publication details

Number of pages: 64
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/01.9 - Web only


WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA have developed an approach to estimating maternal mortality that seeks both to generate estimates for countries with no data and to correct available data for underreporting and misclassification. A dual strategy was used which involves adjusting available country data and developing a simple model to generate estimates for countries without reliable information. The approach, with some variations, was used to develop estimates for maternal mortality in 1990 and 1995 and has been used again for generating these estimates for the year 2000. Note that new estimates were developed for 2005.