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Encyclopedia > Maternal Mortality Ratio

The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is a measure of the risk of death once a woman has become pregnant. It is usually measured in terms of maternal deaths per 100 000 live births.

In 2003, the WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA produced a report with statistics gathered from 2000. The world average was 400, the average for developed regions was 20, and for developing regions 440. The worst countries were: Sierra Leone (2,000), Afghanistan (1,900), Malawi (1,800), Angola (1,700), Niger (1,600), Tanzania (1,500), Rwanda (1,400), Mali (1,200), Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau (1,100 each), Kenya, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Burundi, and Mauritania (1,000 each).

External links

  • WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA Maternal Mortality in 2000 Report (http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/maternal_mortality_2000/maternal_mortality_2000.pdf)

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Maternal death - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (473 words)
Maternal death is the death of a woman that occurs directly related to the reproductive process.
The major causes of maternal death are bacterial infection, toxemia, obstetrical hemorrhage, ectopic pregnancy, puerperal sepsis, amniotic fluid embolus, and unsafe abortions.
Maternal Mortality Ratio is the ratio of the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
Maternal mortality - Nasr Abdalla Mohamed (1802 words)
Maternal death refers to the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after the termination of the pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of pregnancy, or cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy, or its management; excluding death from accidental or incidental causes.
Maternal mortality rates are difficult to measure and maternal deaths are hard to identify because of inaccurate reporting.
Maternal mortality ratios vary from country to country, are high in the developing countries and lower in the developed countries.
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