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Global estimates of maternal mortality

Estimates of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-agency Group

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Every day in 2010, about 800 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth, including severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortions. Out of the 800, 440 deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and 230 in Southern Asia, compared to five in high-income countries. The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a pregnancy-related cause during her lifetime is about 25 times higher compared to a woman living in a developed country. Maternal mortality is a health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them.
 

:: Data files and programs [zip, 3,36Mb]
:: Download the estimates [xls, 141Kb]

:: Maternal Mortality Estimation Info

Reports
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Trend in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2010
:: Trend in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008

 


 

Global estimates of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 

Interactive visualization | Data [xls file, 1.2 Mb] | More ...

This interactive visualization presents the global estimates of maternal Mortality Ratio, a result of a group of researcher from Institute of Health metrics and Evaluation (IHME). This result is a contribution for the monitoring and evaluation of the maternal mortality in 187 countries of the World.

This visualization presents the MMR estimates using multiple views which are dinamically linked with high level of interactivity. The interactivity in this report allows us to explore the data and answer questions.


 

DISCUSSION

Global estimations of Maternal Mortality Ratio has generated discussions and controversies. Below you will find some articles and presentations discussing about the MMR estimates.

AbouZahr C. New estimates of maternal mortality and how to interpret them: choice or confusion? Reproductive Health Matters: 2011:19(37):117-128 http://www.rhmjournal.org.uk 
Download: Full text article [pdf, 627Kb] 

Marinho F. Maternal Mortality Ratio estimates in the Americas. The implications of the estimation model, correction factors, and assumptions for the MMR estimates in countries of the Americas is discussed. Technical meeting at World Health Organization, January 2011. Geneva, Switzerland. 

Ramos S. et al. A comprehensive assessment of maternal deaths in Argentina: translating multicentre collaborative research into action. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2007;85:615-622.
Download: Full text article [HTML format] | Full text article [pdf, 337Kb]

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