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Mother or baby die in childbirth every 11 seconds – U.N.

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes

20.9.2019

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes.

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes

"In countries that provide everyone with safe, affordable, high-quality health services, women and babies survive and thrive," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

At the same time, the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth dropped by more than a third to around 295,000 in 2017, compared to 451,000 in 2000.

"Around the world, birth is a joyous occasion. Yet, every 11 seconds, a birth is a family tragedy," head of the UN children's agency Henrietta Fore said in the statement.

"We must do all it takes to invest in universal health coverage to save these precious lives."

At the same time, one out of every 37 women in sub-Saharan Africa dies in childbirth. By comparison, only one out every 6,500 women in Europe have a lifetime chance of dying in childbirth.

While rates have generally trended downwards, the UN figures showed that the maternal mortality ratios actually increased in 13 countries between 2000 and 2017.

The world's countries have also committed to reducing neonatal mortality to no more than 12 per 1,000 live births and under-five mortality to no more than 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.

Read more: Rappler

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