The World Health Organization has warned that since 2016, there has been a global decline in maternal health, reversing 15 years of advancement, as reported by BMJ.
Maternal health declining
While maternal deaths are mostly avoidable with good treatment, according to a report1 by WHO on behalf of UN agencies, they have either grown or stalled in most parts of the world over the previous five years.
Currently, a woman dies during delivery or during pregnancy every two minutes on average.
Although pregnancy should be a time of great hope and a good experience for all women, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, noted that for millions of people worldwide who lack access to high-quality, respectful healthcare, pregnancy remains a perilous experience.
The report compiles national and regional health data reported by nations between the years 2000 and 2020.
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