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Maternal Mortality:: An Enduring Epidemic

ANDERSON, FRANK W. J. MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 2 - pp 214-223
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a4bd53
Obstetric Practice in the Third World

Women continue to die from pregnancy-related causes at an alarming rate. Maternal mortality was first called a neglected epidemic in 1985, but to date, no significant improvements have been realized. Great disparity exists as lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy is 1 in 26 in Africa, 1 in 7300 in high-income areas. The UN Millennium Development Goals call for a 75% reduction in maternal mortality by 2015, which will only be realized when priority setting, funding, and program implementation can create conditions for appropriate human resources, infrastructure, and patient education for high-quality obstetric care.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Medical Center Drive, Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Correspondence: Frank W. J. Anderson, MD, MPHDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, L4000 Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5276. E-mail: fwja@umich.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.