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13 April 2010

Maternal deaths down in poor countries

Deaths of women in and around childbirth have gone down by an average of 35% globally, according to a study using new methods.

Deaths of women in and around childbirth have gone down by an average of 35% globally, according to a study using new methods, but are surprisingly high in the United States, Canada and Norway.

"These findings are very encouraging and quite surprising. There are still too many mothers dying worldwide, but now we have a greater reason for optimism than has generally been perceived," said Dr Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study.

 
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