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Health > Maternal mortality: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The World Health Organization says half a million mothers and 10.6 million children will die each year if governments do not increase their efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths.

Over 70 percent of maternal and child deaths are the result of preventable and treatable conditions such as hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, high blood pressure, neonatal conditions, pneumonia, post neonatal diarrhea, malaria and measles. The majority of maternal and child deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with higher rates among the poor.

The WHO notes that four years ago, governments around the world committed themselves to reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters and child mortality by two-thirds by 2015.

DEFINITION: Maternal mortality reported per 100,000 births 1985-1999. The maternal mortality data are those reported by national authorities. UNICEF and the World Health Organization periodically evaluate these data and make adjustments to account for the well-documented problems of under-reporting and misclassification of maternal deaths and to develop estimates for countries with no data (for details on the most recent estimates see Hill, AbouZahr and Wardlaw 2001). Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Malawi 1,100 per 100,000 2001
2 Central African Republic 1,100 per 100,000 2001
3 Mozambique 1,100 per 100,000 2001
4 Eritrea 1,000 per 100,000 2001
5 Guinea-Bissau 910 per 100,000 2001
6 Chad 830 per 100,000 2001
7 Zimbabwe 700 per 100,000 2001
8 Laos 650 per 100,000 2001
9 Zambia 650 per 100,000 2001
10 Cote d'Ivoire 600 per 100,000 2001
11 Kenya 590 per 100,000 2001
12 Niger 590 per 100,000 2001
13 Mali 580 per 100,000 2001
14 Senegal 560 per 100,000 2001
15 Sudan 550 per 100,000 2001
16 Mauritania 550 per 100,000 2001
17 Solomon Islands 550 per 100,000 2001
18 Nepal 540 per 100,000 2001
19 India 540 per 100,000 2001
20 Guinea 530 per 100,000 2001
21 Gabon 520 per 100,000 2001
22 Haiti 520 per 100,000 2001
23 Uganda 510 per 100,000 2001
24 Benin 500 per 100,000 2001
Former French colonies average (profile) 490.62 per 100,000 2001
25 Madagascar 490 per 100,000 2001
26 Burkina Faso 480 per 100,000 2001
27 Togo 480 per 100,000 2001
28 Cambodia 440 per 100,000 2001
29 Cameroon 430 per 100,000 2001
30 Bolivia 390 per 100,000 2001
31 Indonesia 380 per 100,000 2001
32 Bhutan 380 per 100,000 2001
33 Papua New Guinea 370 per 100,000 2001
34 Bangladesh 350 per 100,000 2001
35 Maldives 350 per 100,000 2001
36 Yemen 350 per 100,000 2001
37 Botswana 330 per 100,000 2001
38 Peru 270 per 100,000 2001
39 Swaziland 230 per 100,000 2001
40 Dominican Republic 230 per 100,000 2001
41 Morocco 230 per 100,000 2001
42 Burma 230 per 100,000 2001
43 Namibia 230 per 100,000 2001
South and Central Asia average (profile) 227.36 per 100,000 2001
44 Algeria 220 per 100,000 2001
45 Ghana 210 per 100,000 2001
46 Paraguay 190 per 100,000 2001
47 Guatemala 190 per 100,000 2001
48 Philippines 170 per 100,000 2001
49 Egypt 170 per 100,000 2001
50 Ecuador 160 per 100,000 2001
51 Brazil 160 per 100,000 2001
52 Mongolia 150 per 100,000 2001
53 Antigua and Barbuda 150 per 100,000 2001
54 Nicaragua 150 per 100,000 2001
55 Belize 140 per 100,000 2001
56 Turkey 130 per 100,000 2001
57 Saint Kitts and Nevis 130 per 100,000 2001
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 126.16 per 100,000 2001
58 El Salvador 120 per 100,000 2001
59 Suriname 110 per 100,000 2001
60 Syria 110 per 100,000 2001
61 Guyana 110 per 100,000 2001
62 Honduras 110 per 100,000 2001
Emerging markets average (profile) 100.48 per 100,000 2001
63 Lebanon 100 per 100,000 2001
64 Jamaica 95 per 100,000 2001
65 Vietnam 95 per 100,000 2001
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 92.88 per 100,000 2001
66 Colombia 80 per 100,000 2001
67 Azerbaijan 80 per 100,000 2001
68 Libya 75 per 100,000 2001
69 Panama 70 per 100,000 2001
70 Trinidad and Tobago 70 per 100,000 2001
71 Tunisia 70 per 100,000 2001
72 Turkmenistan 65 per 100,000 2001
73 Dominica 65 per 100,000 2001
74 Tajikistan 65 per 100,000 2001
75 Kazakhstan 65 per 100,000 2001
76 Kyrgyzstan 65 per 100,000 2001
77 Venezuela 60 per 100,000 2001
78 Sri Lanka 60 per 100,000 2001
79 Mexico 55 per 100,000 2001
80 China 55 per 100,000 2001
81 Georgia 50 per 100,000 2001
82 Estonia 50 per 100,000 2001
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 46.29 per 100,000 2001
83 Bahrain 46 per 100,000 2001
84 Latvia 45 per 100,000 2001
85 Thailand 44 per 100,000 2001
86 Russia 44 per 100,000 2001
87 Romania 42 per 100,000 2001
88 Malaysia 41 per 100,000 2001
89 Jordan 41 per 100,000 2001
90 Argentina 41 per 100,000 2001
91 Fiji 38 per 100,000 2001
92 Iran 37 per 100,000 2001
93 Cape Verde 35 per 100,000 2001
94 Armenia 35 per 100,000 2001
95 Cuba 33 per 100,000 2001
96 Saint Lucia 30 per 100,000 2001
97 Costa Rica 29 per 100,000 2001
98 Uruguay 26 per 100,000 2001
99 Ukraine 25 per 100,000 2001
100 Chile 23 per 100,000 2001
101 Mauritius 21 per 100,000 2001
102 Uzbekistan 21 per 100,000 2001
103 South Korea 20 per 100,000 2001
104 Belarus 20 per 100,000 2001
NATO countries average (profile) 19.45 per 100,000 2001
105 Lithuania 18 per 100,000 2001
106 Hungary 15 per 100,000 2001
107 New Zealand 15 per 100,000 2001
108 Bulgaria 15 per 100,000 2001
109 Oman 14 per 100,000 2001
European Union average (profile) 13.43 per 100,000 2001
110 Slovenia 11 per 100,000 2001
High income OECD countries average (profile) 10.32 per 100,000 2001
111 France 10 per 100,000 2001
112 Denmark 10 per 100,000 2001
113 Qatar 10 per 100,000 2001
114 Slovakia 9 per 100,000 2001
115 Czech Republic 9 per 100,000 2001
116 Portugal 8 per 100,000 2001
117 United States 8 per 100,000 2001
118 Japan 8 per 100,000 2001
119 Germany 8 per 100,000 2001
120 Poland 8 per 100,000 2001
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 8 per 100,000 2001
121 Netherlands 7 per 100,000 2001
122 Italy 7 per 100,000 2001
123 United Kingdom 7 per 100,000 2001
124 Norway 6 per 100,000 2001
125 Finland 6 per 100,000 2001
126 Ireland 6 per 100,000 2001
127 Spain 6 per 100,000 2001
128 Croatia 6 per 100,000 2001
129 Singapore 6 per 100,000 2001
130 Israel 5 per 100,000 2001
131 Sweden 5 per 100,000 2001
132 Switzerland 5 per 100,000 2001
133 Kuwait 5 per 100,000 2001
134 United Arab Emirates 3 per 100,000 2001
135 Greece 1 per 100,000 2001
136 Grenada 1 per 100,000 2001

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Maternal mortality. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Fund). 2002. Official Summary: The State of the World's Children 2002. New York: Oxford University Press. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Maternal-mortality

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The World Health Organization says half a million mothers and 10.6 million children will die each year if governments do not increase their efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths.

Over 70 percent of maternal and child deaths are the result of preventable and treatable conditions such as hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, high blood pressure, neonatal conditions, pneumonia, post neonatal diarrhea, malaria and measles. The majority of maternal and child deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with higher rates among the poor.

The WHO notes that four years ago, governments around the world committed themselves to reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters and child mortality by two-thirds by 2015.

Posted on 05 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Why isn't Canada on the list? Its a country too.

Posted on 25 Mar 2010

Susan

Susan

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