n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Maternal deaths - need for improved obstetric care in the Transkei region : case report




Extracted from text ... SAJOG 78 In the year 2000, 529 000 maternal deaths were recorded throughout the world. Of these, 95% occurred in Africa and Asia, 4% in Latin America and the Caribbean, and less than 1% in the developed countries. The global maternal mortality rate is 400 per 100 000 live births, while it is 830/100 000 in Africa, followed by 330/100 000 in Asia (excluding Japan). Worldwide, 13 developing countries account for 70% of all maternal deaths.1 According to a United Nations (UN) report, African women are 175 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than Westerners. Overall, ..


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