Wednesday, May 16, 2012

[EQ] UNFPA - Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010

WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank estimates

UN Population Fund (UNFPA) May 16, 2012

Available online PDF [72p.] at:

“……New maternal mortality estimates confirm that the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth is declining. Along with other indicators, this joint U.N. report validates the fact that we are making progress in saving mothers’ lives, even if progress is slower than what is called for by the Millennium Development Goals.


Rapid progress in some countries demonstrates that when governments take a strategic approach to the safe motherhood challenge -- by deploying trained midwives, ensuring adequate essential supplies, making family planning accessible and providing timely obstetric care to women with complications, we are getting results. Still, there is more work to be done in delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth is safe….”



Executive summary

1 Introduction

2 Measuring maternal mortality

2.1 Concepts and definitions

2.2 Coding of maternal deaths

2.3 Approaches for measuring maternal mortality

3 Methodology for the 1990–2010 estimates of maternal mortality

3.1 Sources of country data used for the 1990–2010 estimates

3.2 Methods used to estimate maternal mortality ratio in 1990–2010 according to data source

3.3 Computation of adult lifetime risk of maternal mortality

3.4 Global and regional estimates

3.5 Differences between the 2010 methodology and 2008

3.6 Similarities and differences to other maternal mortality estimates

4 Analysis and interpretation of the 2010 estimates

4.1 Maternal mortality estimates for 2010

4.2 Trends in MMR from 1990 to 2010

4.3 Issues to consider in using the 2010 maternal mortality estimates

5 Is the fifth Millennium Development Goal achievable

5.1 Potential reasons for declining maternal mortality





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