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World Health Stat Q. 1987;40(3):214-24.

On the assessment of maternal mortality.

[Article in English, French]

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  • 1Division of Family Health, World Health Organization, Geneva.



Well over 1/2 the maternal deaths in the world occur in 3 countries in southern Asia: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In general, the incidence of maternal death correlates with 2 factors: a high risk of dying during or just after pregnancy due to sepsis, inadequate facilities for dealing with complicated births or other health problems such as exacerbation of existing disease, poor nutrition, overwork, and/or closely spaced pregnancies; and a high fertility rate. This report outlines methods for measuring maternal mortality and presents data for developing nations in each continent, comparing it to developed nations and determing its contribution to overall mortality. The risk of dying as a result of a given pregnancy in a developed nation is at least 100-fold smaller than that in the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. Estimated mortality due to pregnancy is 460,000 more women in the undeveloped nations compared to the developed nations.

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