Statistics (source: World Health Organization)

   Maternal Mortality - Fact Sheet World Health Organization (May 2014)
  • Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. 
  • Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
  • Young adolescents face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than older women.
  • Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
  • Between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by almost 50%.
  • Maternal mortality is unacceptably high.
  • About 800 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day.
  • In 2013, 289 000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.
Child Mortality - Fact Sheet World Health Organization (September 2014)
  • 6.3 million children under the age of five died in 2013.
  • More than half of these early child deaths are due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple,
    affordable interventions.
  • Leading causes of death in under-five children are pre-term birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhoea and malaria. About 45% of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.
  • Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed regions. 

Global under-five mortality rate 1990

The darker countries are coloured, the more concerns.
The areas speak for themselves

2000 - ten years later...

Improvement on a global level!

In the USA, Canada, Western-Europe, Australia, New Zealand less than 10 child deaths (under the age of 5) per 1000 live births.



2013 - no red areas anymore!

Reason for optimism!

But... no reason for less action until the world map shows colourless countries all over the globe.