Maternal deaths drop by nearly half over the past 20 years

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The number of women worldwide dying from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by nearly half over the past two decades.

Estimates released on Wednesday by four agencies, including the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), show that maternal mortality fell from 543,000 to 287,000 between 1990 and 2010.

However, they warn that many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, are unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by 75 per cent before the deadline of 2015.

Dianne Penn spoke to Dr. Yves Bergevin, UNFPA Senior Maternal Health Adviser, about what is behind this success and why challenges still remain.

Duration: 4’20″

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