A report just released by the World Bank and the United Nations shows that a lot has been achieved in reducing the maternal mortality rate between 1990 and 2015 but the 75 percent reduction target was not met. A few countries including two African countries surpassed the 75 percent reduction; the African countries are Cape Verde and Rwanda.

 

Below is the maternal mortality rate of some countries:

 

               Iceland———3 per 100,000 live births

               Finland——–3 per 100,000 live births

               Poland———3 per 100,000 live births

               Greece———3 per 100,000 live births

              Belarus——–4 per 100,000 live births

               Canada——–7 per 100,000 live births

               U.K.————-12 per 100,000 live births

               U.S. A.———-14 per 100,000 live births

               Nigeria———-303 per 100,000 live births

 

Maternal Mortality Rate is the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy, child birth and problems within the first six weeks post delivery per 100,000 live births. The present global average is about 216 but in actual it varies from 3 in the developed economies to over 500 in the sub-Saharan Africa,

The target of the United Nations is 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

99 percent of maternal deaths occur in developing countries though globally, the rate was reduced by 44 percent between 1990 and 2015

 

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