Maternal deaths witness a drop by 45 per cent across the globe

In 2013, the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 210, down from MMR of 380 in 1990.

maternaldeathsWHO While there is enough reason to celebrate globally, India needs to take some heavy measures to bring its MMR under control.
By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: May 6, 2014 3:58 pm

too little progress in preventing adolescent pregnancies, abortions, maternal deaths, sexually-transmitted infections and HIV, and there are significant gaps in availability, quality and access to comprehensive sexuality education and services for young people, especially in low-income countries.

“More than 15 million girls aged 15 to 19 years give birth every year – one in five girls before they turn 18 – and many of these pregnancies result from non-consensual sex,” said Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). “Relatively simple and well-known interventions, like midwifery services and gender-based violence prevention and response, can make a huge difference if scaled up and coupled with investments in innovations, especially in the area of contraceptives,” she added.

According to the global report, Sub-Saharan Africa is at the highest risk of deaths due to complications in childbirth and pregnancy. Somalia and Chad, where women face a one in 18 and one in 15 lifetime risk respectively, are also at high risk of maternal deaths.


First Published on: May 6, 2014 2:33 pmSingle Page Format
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