According to Trends in Maternal Mortality 2000-2010, new estimates released by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank in May 2012: • Women in ...sub-Saharan Africa face a risk of one in 39 of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to one in 4,300 for developed countries. • In 2010, the global maternal mortality ratio was 210 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest maternal mortality ratio at 500 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. • Ten countries have 60 per cent of the global maternal deaths and most of them are in Africa: India (56,000), Nigeria (40,000), Democratic Republic of the Congo (15,000), Pakistan (12,000), Sudan (10,000), Indonesia (9,600), Ethiopia (9,000), United Republic of Tanzania (8,500), Bangladesh (7,200) and Afghanistan (6,400). • Of the 40 countries with the world’s highest rates of maternal death, 36 are in sub-Saharan Africa. • Sub-Saharan Africa had the largest proportion of maternal deaths attributed to HIV at 10 per cent, of the 19,000 maternal deaths due to HIV/AIDS worldwide, 17,000 (91 per cent) are in sub-Saharan Africa. • While substantial progress has been achieved in almost all regions, many countries – especially in sub-Saharan Africa – will fail to reach the MDG target of reducing maternal deaths by 75 per cent from 1990 to 2015 given current trends.
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