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Reducing maternal mortality: a global imperative

      A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications during pregnancy or childbirth ��� 86% of them in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia [
      WHO Maternal mortality in 2005: estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF.
      ]. According to experts, an estimated one in 26 women in sub-Saharan Africa is at risk of dying during childbirth over her lifetime, compared with one in 7300 in developed regions [
      WHO Maternal mortality in 2005: estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF.
      ]. Girls are dying as well, since many are forced into marriages and pregnancies when they are as young as 11 years old. Maternal deaths are all the more tragic because they are nearly all preventable.
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