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10 facts on maternal health

A child embracing his pregnant mother.
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Fact 1

Almost 800 women die every day due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth

About 289 000 women died worldwide in 2013 due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. In developing countries, conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth constitute the second leading causes (after HIV/AIDS) of death among women of reproductive age.

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