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Top Ten Wins #9: Maternal Deaths Decline Across the Globe

Written By: Akimbo
December 21, 2010

 

Every year we do a list of Top Ten Wins for women’s health and rights. Check out all 10 on the blog, or download here.

This September, new data found that the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by one third since 1990. The September report, “Trends in Maternal Mortality”, attributes this decline in part to regional efforts to reduce maternal deaths, and notes that “such efforts need to be expanded and intensified, to accelerate progress towards reducing the still very wide disparities between developing and developed worlds.”

What’s next: In order to achieve maternal health, women must have access to a comprehensive range of services, including contraception, maternity care, safe abortion, and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS, along with comprehensive sexuality education and human rights protections. Read IWHC’s Factsheet, Five Sexual and Reproductive Health Services that Will Make Pregnancy Safer for All and watch a video featuring IWHC policy consultant Jennifer Redner to learn more.

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