529,000. This is the estimated number of women who die from childbirth complications each year. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a woman has a 1 in 16 chance of surviving childbirth. This is in stark contrast to a woman in a developed country who has a survival rate of 1 in 4,000. The differences between rich and poor countries is vast and troubling. Despite this difference, we are making great improvements to antenatal care around the world. The maternal mortality ratio dropped by 45 per cent between 1990 and 2013, from 380 to 210 deaths per 100,000 live births. In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two-thirds. More women are receiving antenatal care. In developing regions, antenatal care increased from 65 per cent in 1990 to 83 per cent in 2012.
We still have a great way to go. The maternal mortality ratio in developing regions is still 14 times higher than in the developed regions. In the coming years, we will see a rapid increase in pregnancies. Sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates are among the highest in the world, will account for the majority of the increase. In order to ensure the safety of all mothers giving birth, along with the health of newborn babies, we must increase our global efforts to provide proper antenatal care. Let us rise up to our Pregnancy Micro-Challenge and bring 529,000 down to 0.
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