Nigeria, 9 others responsible for 60% of global maternal deaths

Friday, May 9, 2014

As the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 target of reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health draws closer, latest reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Nigeria among the 10 countries in the world that contribute about 60 percent of the world’s maternal mortality burden.

Nigeria currently has a maternal mortality ratio of 560 per 100,000 live-births, an improvement on the 630 per 100,000 recorded in 2010, according to the report titled ‘Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013’.

Also, sub-Saharan Africa was observed to be the riskiest region globally for women dying of complications in pregnancy and childbirth, says the report.

Source: Business Day (link opens in a new window)

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