Trends in maternal mortality 2000 to 2020: estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and UNDESA/Population Division

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Every day in 2020, approximately 800 women died from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth – meaning that a woman dies around every two minutes.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.1 is to reduce maternal mortality to less than 70 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births by 2030.

The United Nations Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group (MMEIG) – comprising WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (UNDESA/Population Division) has collaborated with external technical experts on a new round of estimates covering 2000 to 2020. The estimates represent the most up to date, internationally-comparable MMEIG estimates of maternal mortality, using refined input data and methods from previous rounds.

The report presents internationally comparable global, regional and country-level estimates and trends for maternal mortality between 2000 and 2020.

Data, estimates, model codes and country profiles

Complete input dataset and estimates can be found here

Model codes used for development of the estimates can be found here

Country profiles can be found here

For data visualizations and further data exploration please visit:

Other language versions

Forthcoming: executive summaries in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish

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