Map of the Day: Maternal Mortality Rates

In a recent article in Reproductive Health Reality Check, the constant issue of maternal mortality was examined.  Below is a map depicting the maternal mortility rates by nation in 2008.According to UNICEF, one of the best ways to improve global health is through educating women and girls. “Educating girls for six years or more drastically and consistently improves their prenatal care, postnatal care and childbirth survival rates.  Educating mothers also greatly cuts the death rate of children under five. Educated girls have higher self-esteem, are more likely to avoid HIV infection, violence and exploitation, and to spread good health and sanitation practices to their families and throughout their communities. And an educated mother is more likely to send her children to school.”

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