Image credit: UK Department for International Development
Image credit: UK Department for International Development

Global maternal mortality has fallen from 385 per 100,000 births in 1990 to 216 in 2015. I

In absolute numbers, this implies that the number of women who died in childbirth has decreased from 532,000 a year to 303,000 a year.

With the largest decline in childbirths having occurred in East Asia. Maternal mortality is today mainly concentrated to a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

With the lowest proportion in the world found in Finland (3 per 100,000 births and year), and a maximum of finding in Sierra Leone with 1,360 per 100,000 births and year.

Among the ten countries with the lowest maternal mortality, all but Kuwait was European.

The research study has been published in The Lancet.
Global, regional, and national levels and trends in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015, with scenario-based projections to 2030: a systematic analysis by the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group