2014RH RMC Facility-Based Guide Participant

Pregnancy, childbirth, and their consequences are still the leading causes of death, disease, and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. Nearly 275,000 maternal deaths due to treatable conditions during pregnancy and childbirth occurred globally in 2011. Almost all of these took place in developing countries. 1 Maternal mortality is highest in subSaharan Africa, where the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 100 times greater than in developed regions. A key strategy to address high maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality is to increase the proportion of births attended by skilled birth attendants (SBAs), a target of the maternal health Millennium Development Goal (MDG 5).

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