The number of women who die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth is not declining fast enough to achieve the global target of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters by 2015, according to a new report released by United Nations (UN) agencies and the World Bank.
According to the report, Maternal Mortality in 2005, (available at http://www.who.int/reproductive-health/global_monitoring/), an estimated 536 000 women died as a result of complications of pregnancy or childbirth in 2005 compared with 576 000 in 1990. While an annual decline of 5.5% in maternal deaths is needed to attain the global target—one of the Millennium Development Goals agreed to by a UN summit in 2000—maternal mortality declined at an average of less than 1% per year between 1990 and 2005.
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