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Risk of Maternal Death [Mar. 29th, 2007|10:37 am]
Peter Sheil
I know, not the sort of topic you'd expect from me, but I thought there were people reading this who might be interested.


Globally, a woman's lifetime risk of a maternal death is 1 in 74. This ranges from 1 in 2,800 for women in the developed world to 1 in 16 for women in sub-Saharan Africa. The contrast is even more stark when individual countries are compared. A woman in the UK has a lifetime risk of maternal death of 1 in 3,800 (it is 1 in 29,800 in Sweden) compared to a lifetime risk of 1 in 6 in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Source: http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/maternal_mortality_2000/

[User Picture]From: ginmar
2007-03-29 01:21 pm (UTC)
Tell Bill O'Reilly this.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2007-03-29 07:30 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is that it'd be so easy to change those statistics for developing countries, just by improving health care and sanitation. And of course that would not only reduce maternal death, but all sort of other deaths too.

What triggered this post?
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2007-03-30 01:57 am (UTC)
One of the clients I do work for is DFID (UK Government's Department For International Development) and it was in a database of "Killer Facts" they were linking to from their home page.

It is the great difference between Sweden and Africa that astounds me, and I wanted to share that.
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