Inequities: Maternal mortality

Territory size shows the proportion of deaths of women worldwide while pregnant or within 6 weeks of pregnancy and partly due to it, that occur there.

"Territory size shows the proportion of deaths of women worldwide while pregnant or within 6 weeks of pregnancy and partly due to it, that occur there. "

UNICEF Chief of Health Dr. Peter Salama on maternal mortality:

It’s really an unconscionable number of deaths. It’s a human tragedy on a massive scale.

Some chillling statistics a new UNICEF report on maternal and newborn health, via a BBC news piece:

  • Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world.
  • About 99% of the 500,000 maternal deaths in 2005 occurred outside industrialised nations, more than half of them in Africa.
  • In Niger, the country with the world’s highest maternal mortality, a woman has a one in seven chance of dying, during pregnancy or childbirth.

Check out the full report here.

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2 Responses to “Inequities: Maternal mortality”


  1. 1 Kamla January 16, 2009 at 2:55 am

    It is shocking that the world is completely indifferent to such tragedies.

    But there are shining examples of good work. Consider India’s NTR Memorial Trust, for instance.

    India’s NTR Memorial Trust’s has set a global benchmark in 257 Andhra Pradesh villages in maternal mortality. Eminent people like M Rama Babu IAS (retd), G.Suryanarayana and T Venkateswara Rao are impressed that UN Millennium Goals have been surpassed in less than two years of the launch of Thalli Bidda Samrakashana Padhakam. The programme, providing end-to-end healthcare services free of cost to rural pregnant woman, is being run in association with four leading medical institutions.

    The distinction has been achieved by minimising the maternal deaths to two in 15,000 deliveries in 257 villages. This was achieved in the shortest possible time of 24 months between December 2006 and December 2008.

    The programme is being run in association with four leading medical institutions in Andhra Pradesh: Mediciti in Medak, Dr Pinnamaneni Siddartha Institute of Medical Sciences at Chinaowkapalli in Krishna district, NRI Medical College at Mangalagiri in Guntur district and GSL Medical College, General Hospital in East Godavari district.

  2. 2 peterluckow January 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the successes of India’s NTR Memorial Trust, Kamla. Examples like that continue to demonstrate that a different world is possible. Perhaps you can tell us more about the way in which NTR Memorial Trust was able to operate so effectively in such a short period of time?


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