Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Maternal and reproductive health

Maternal mortality: Every day in 2015, about 830 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented. The primary causes of death are haemorrhage, hypertension, infections, and indirect causes, mostly due to interaction between pre-existing medical conditions and pregnancy. The risk of a woman in a developing country dying from a maternal-related cause during her lifetime is about 33 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, urban and rural areas, both between countries and within them.

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303 000women died of maternal causes in 2015

Maternal mortality

Access to skilled care

51%of deliveries were attended by a skilled attendant in low-income countries

Skilled attendants at birth

Preventing unintended pregnancies

12%of women 15-49 married or in union wanting to avoid a pregnancy did not have access to or are not using an effective method of contraception

Unmet needs for family planning