#AceHealthNews – GENEVA – NEW YORK – May 06 – New United Nations* data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990.
An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.
Another WHO study, also published today in The Lancet Global Health, adds new knowledge about why these women are dying. Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis, finds that more than 1 in 4 maternal deaths are caused by pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, malaria and obesity, whose health impacts can all be aggravated by pregnancy. This is similar to the proportion of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth from severe bleeding.
“Together, the two reports highlight the need to invest in proven solutions, such as quality care for all women during pregnancy and childbirth, and particular care for pregnant women with existing medical conditions,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, WHO.
They also underscore the importance of having accurate data.
“Thirty-three maternal deaths per hour is 33 too many,” said Tim Evans, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group. “We need to document every one of these tragic events, determine their cause, and initiate corrective actions urgently.”