Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015

Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division

No. of pages: 98

Publication Date: November 2015

Author: WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division

ISBN: 978 92 4 156514 1

The global maternal death ratio fell by 44 per cent between 1990 and 2015. The total number of maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990 to an estimated 303,000 in 2015. This equates to an estimated global maternal death ratio of 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.

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