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A survey found that maternal mortality rates, deaths related to pregnancy or childbirth, have fallen by 44% since 1990. The global survey of maternal mortality was published by the United Nations and the World Bank.

“Over the past 25 years, a woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes has nearly halved. That’s real progress,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo of the World Health Organization. “Although it is not enough. We know that we can virtually end these deaths by 2030 and this is what we are committing to work towards.”

Eastern Asia showed the best results in the survey, its ratio falling from approximately 95 to 27 deaths per 100,000 live births. The average global rate is 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.

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