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Maternal mortality, 2015: Why are so many women dying from childbirth?

Maternal mortality, 2015: Why are so many women dying from childbirth?

According to a major study by the World Health Organisation shows, for every 100,000 live births in Burundi in 2015, 7012 women died due to pregnancy and childbirth complications. Sierra Leone came in 2nd on the list with an estimated 1360 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Sub-Saharan Africa has extremely high maternal mortality. This is true when compared with developed countries as well as other developing countries. Many of these deaths are preventable. Why are so many women dying from CHILDBIRTH?

In Iceland and Greece, fewer than 3 women die for every 100,000 live births. In China, the estimate is 27 women for every 100,000 live births. In 2015 more than 170 women died for every 100,000 live births in India, and now developing countries are starting to catch up.

The table below shows list of countries with the highest number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The figures, show the Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) – the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

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List of countries by maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in 2015- the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births:

CountryMaternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)
Iceland3
Greece3
Poland3
Finland3
Belarus4
Czech Republic4
Kuwait4
Austria4
Italy4
Sweden4
Japan5
Switzerland5
Israel5
Norway5
Spain5
Denmark6
Germany6
Australia6
Slovakia6
United Arab Emirates6
Canada7
Netherlands7
Belgium7
Cyprus7
Montenegro7
France8
Croatia8
Ireland8
The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia8
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland9
Libya9
Malta9
Estonia9
Slovenia9
Portugal10
Luxembourg10
Lithuania10
Singapore10
New Zealand11
Republic of Korea11
Bulgaria11
Bosnia and Herzegovina11
Saudi Arabia12
Kazakhstan12
Qatar13
United States of America14
Bahrain15
Uruguay15
Lebanon15
Turkey16
Oman17
Serbia17
Hungary17
Latvia18
Thailand20
Chile22
Republic of Moldova23
Brunei Darussalam23
Ukraine24
Armenia25
Iran (Islamic Republic of)25
Costa Rica25
Russian Federation25
Azerbaijan25
China27
Grenada27
Barbados27
Belize28
Albania29
Sri Lanka30
Fiji30
Romania31
Tajikistan32
Egypt33
Georgia36
Uzbekistan36
Mexico38
Cuba39
Malaysia40
Cabo Verde42
Turkmenistan42
Brazil44
Mongolia44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines45
Saint Lucia48
Iraq50
Samoa51
Argentina52
Mauritius53
Viet Nam54
El Salvador54
Jordan58
Tunisia62
Trinidad and Tobago63
Ecuador64
Colombia64
Peru68
Syrian Arab Republic68
Maldives68
Kyrgyzstan76
Vanuatu78
Bahamas80
Democratic People's Republic of Korea82
Guatemala88
Jamaica89
Kiribati90
Dominican Republic92
Panama94
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)95
Micronesia (Federated States of)100
Philippines114
Solomon Islands114
Morocco121
Tonga124
Indonesia126
Honduras129
Botswana129
Paraguay132
South Africa138
Algeria140
Bhutan148
Nicaragua150
Suriname155
Sao Tome and Principe156
Cambodia161
India174
Bangladesh176
Myanmar178
Pakistan178
Lao People's Democratic Republic197
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)206
Papua New Guinea215
Timor-Leste215
Gabon219
Zambia224
Guyana229
Djibouti229
Nepal258
Namibia265
Rwanda290
Sudan311
Senegal315
Ghana319
Comoros335
Equatorial Guinea342
Uganda343
Madagascar353
Ethiopia353
Haiti359
Togo368
Burkina Faso371
Yemen385
Swaziland389
Afghanistan396
United Republic of Tanzania398
Benin405
Congo442
Zimbabwe443
Angola477
Lesotho487
Mozambique489
Eritrea501
Kenya510
Guinea-Bissau549
Niger553
Mali587
Cameroon596
Mauritania602
Malawi634
Cote d'Ivoire645
Guinea679
Democratic Republic of the Congo693
Gambia706
Liberia725
Somalia732
South Sudan789
Nigeria814
Chad856
Central African Republic882
Sierra Leone1360
Burundi7012

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