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Maternal mortality rate in Africa 2017, by country

In Chad and Sierra Leone, the maternal mortality rate was above one thousand. Chad recorded in 2017 the highest number of mothers' deaths per 100,000 live births. That year, every 100,000 children, 1,140 mothers died from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management. The maternal death rate in Sierra Leone equaled to 1,120. Nigeria followed with 917 deaths per 100,000 live births.

African countries with the highest maternal mortality rate in 2017

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Africa

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The maternal mortality ratio (MMRatio) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes). The MMRatio includes deaths during pregnancy, childbirth, or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, for a specified year."

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