Where Is Maternal Mortality The Highest?

Two regions, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, account for 86 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide.

Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from the highest maternal mortality ratio – 533 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, or 200,000 maternal deaths a year.

What country has highest maternal mortality rate?

The countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios are Sierra Leone (with 2,100 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births), Niger (1,800), Afghanistan (1,800), Chad (1,500), Somalia (1,400), Angola (1,400), Rwanda (1,300), and Liberia (1,200).

Which country in South America has the highest maternal mortality rate?

The highest maternal mortality rate occurs in Haiti, with 380 deaths per 100,000 live births. Source: Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2013. Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, The World Bank and the United Nations Population Division.

Which geographical area has the highest rate of maternal mortality worldwide?

Disproportionate Burden in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Most maternal deaths occur in MDG regions Sub-Saharan Africa (201,000) and South Asia (66,000). Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 66 percent of maternal deaths and has the highest MMR, at 546 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

What are the leading causes of maternal mortality?

The major complications that account for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths are (4):

  • severe bleeding (mostly bleeding after childbirth)
  • infections (usually after childbirth)
  • high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia)
  • complications from delivery.
  • unsafe abortion.

What first world country has the highest maternal mortality rate?

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Rank Country (DEATHS/100,000 LIVE BIRTHS)
1 Sierra Leone 1,360
2 Central African Republic 882
3 Chad 856
4 Nigeria 814

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Which country has the highest infant and maternal mortality?

Countries With The Highest Infant Mortality Rates

Rank Country Infant Mortality Rate (Per 1,000 Live Births)
1 Afghanistan 110.6
2 Somalia 94.8
3 Central African Republic 86.3
4 Guinea-Bissau 85.7

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Does the US have the highest maternal mortality rate?

In the 2017 NPR and ProPublica series “Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.” based on a six-month long collaborative investigation, they reported that the United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality than any other developed country, and it is the only country where mortality rate has been rising.

What country has the lowest maternal death rate?

The countries that achieved the lowest maternal mortality ratio are Finland, Greece, Iceland, and Poland.

What country has the lowest mortality rate?


What is the likelihood of dying during childbirth?

United States Statistics

In places such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, most women have healthy pregnancies and births. Of course, there is still a small risk of maternal death, even in developed countries. In the U.S., the chances of dying because of pregnancy are at most approximately 1 in 3500.

What percentage of maternal deaths are preventable?

Over 60% of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. were preventable. The report estimates that 63% of pregnancy-related deaths were preventable while 68% of cardiovascular and coronary deaths and 70% of hemorrhage deaths were preventable. Both direct and underlying causes led to maternal death—and varied by race.

What are the danger signs in pregnancy?


  1. vaginal bleeding.
  2. convulsions/fits.
  3. severe headaches with blurred vision.
  4. fever and too weak to get out of bed.
  5. severe abdominal pain.
  6. fast or difficult breathing.

Will I die during childbirth?

The Fear: Dying in Labor

It doesn’t happen very often here in the US. It’s because of serious childbirth complications like infection, hemorrhage, or high blood pressure. If you’re getting good prenatal care, the odds you’ll die during labor are extremely small.

What causes a baby to die in the womb?

There are wide-ranging reasons why a baby may die in the womb (uterus). These reasons include how the placenta works, genetic factors, a mum’s health, age and lifestyle, and infection. Problems with the placenta are thought to be the most common cause of a baby dying in the womb.

How many people die a day?

World Birth and Death Rates

Birth Rate Death Rate
• 19 births/1,000 population • 8 deaths/1,000 population
• 131.4 million births per year • 55.3 million people die each year
• 360,000 births per day • 151,600 people die each day
• 15,000 births each hour • 6,316 people die each hour

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