The Cost of Poor Maternal Health
By admin August 8, 2018

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In 2009, Ban Ki-Moon stated that “All people benefit” when maternal health care is improved. The maternal mortality rate fell by 44% between 1990 and 2015, yet the current maternal mortality ratio of 216 out of 100,000 live births, is still too high. The risk of maternal death is 1 in 41 in low-income countries, compared to 1 in 3,300 in high-income countries. Additionally, in low-income countries, the rate of adolescent births are higher, as early marriage and motherhood is considered the only choice for young women.

Maternal mortality is considered an individual tragedy and a human rights violation, considering that the deaths are preventable. Improved maternal health produces positive externalities through the improved health of the mother and child.

The negative impact of maternal mortality and poor maternal health is both short-term and long-term, creating a vicious cycle. Current research has shown various levels of impact on both economic and social development. Nonetheless, all research is consistent in that maternal mortality has both social and economic impacts for the individual’s family and the wider community. Maternal mortality has a ripple effect and must become a focus on overall development due to its lasting impacts on individuals and societies.

For more information:

Maternal Mortality Fell by Almost Half Between 1990 and 2015

“All People Benefit” When Maternal Health Care is Improved, Secretary-General Says, Making Fifteenth Anniversary of Population and Development Conference

The True Cost of Maternal Death: Individual Tragedy Impacts Family, Community and Nations

The Cost of Maternal-Newborn Illness and Mortality

Economic and Social Impacts of Maternal Death

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