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This paper estimates the impact of lack of blood on maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as identifying reasons and potential solutions. It argues for more effective blood transfusion capability in sub-Saharan Africa, as a key strategy to reduce maternal mortality.
Each year, an estimated 287,000 women die worldwide from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of these maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa with haemorrhage as the leading cause.
What are the latest numbers on maternal and newborn health in Malawi? How do they vary between urban and rural areas? When young Malawian women are educated, how much more likely are they to gain access to contraception?
The Commission on Information and Accountability (COIA) tracks progress on maternal and child health and we've visualised the latest numbers.
Check out all of the infographics, source data and analysis here.