Progress

Pregnancy-related deaths almost halved in past 25 years: U.N.

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A report by UN agencies, published in the Lancet, shows that maternal mortality figures have fallen by almost half since 1990 — “huge progress,” according to World Health Organization officials. In 2015, around 303,000 women died from complications during pregnancy or up to six weeks after giving birth. That figure is down from 532,000 in 1990.

However, only nine countries hit the targets set by the UN, meaning the “progress” was very uneven, with 99 percent of death occurring in developing countries. “Many countries with high maternal death rates will make little progress, or will fall behind, over the next 15 years if we don’t improve the current number of available midwives and other health workers with midwifery skills,” said Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund.

The UN’s new target is less than 70 deaths per 100,000 by 2030.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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