minute, a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and
childbirth. This is more than 500,000 women annually. Almost every
single one of them lives and dies in developing countries.
is a huge disparity between countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a woman's
risk of dying from treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy
and childbirth over the course of her lifetime is 1 in 22, compared to 1
in 7,300 in developed regions. The risk for a woman who lives in Niger
is 1 in 7, compared to 1 in 17,400 in Sweden.
children are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those
with mothers, and every year more than 1 million children are left
Uganda, approximately 6,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related
causes, and approximately 10 to 20 times that number survive with
chronic and debilitating conditions. Additionally, out of every 1000
babies that are born, 29 die within the first month of life. This
problem is multi-factorial and involves not only the social determinants
of health, including women's empowerment, poverty, gender inequality
and gender-based violence, but also education and cultural factors.
for Mothersis working to improve women’s access to healthcare, empower
women, end gender-based violence, fight stigma, and promote gender equality.
Did you know?
The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of
pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in
7300 in developed regions.
Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010
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