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April 21, 2010

Global progress on maternal deaths slowed by HIV

"Worldwide, maternal deaths fell by around 180,000 between 1980 and 2008, from around 525,000 per year to 340,000 per year. Without HIV, maternal deaths would have been 60,000 fewer by 2008, the researchers estimate.

"The overall global decline in maternal mortality was driven largely by a decline in India and China, the world’s most populous countries. In India the rate of maternal death has declined by an average of 4% per year since 1990. Other rapidly developing nations such as Brazil, Egypt and Turkey also experienced large declines in maternal mortality."

Read more:, April 20, 2010.