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Education Key To Reducing Maternal Deaths in Chile

Education Key To Reducing Maternal Deaths in Chile

Education is the key factor in reducing maternal mortality according to a recently published analysis of 50 years of data from Chile’s National Institute of Statistics published in the online journal PLoS One . Between 1957 and 2007, the number of maternal deaths in Chile declined by a dramatic 93.8 %. In 1957, there were an average of 270.7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births — in 2007, the number had fallen to 18.2. Indeed, in 2008, the Maternal Mortality Ratio or MMR — which shows the number of maternal deaths arising from childbearing divided by the number of live births — fell even lower, to 16.5 per 100,000 live births. As a result, Chile is the country whose MMR is the second lowest in the American continent after Canada. Indeed, Chile’s MMR is a bit higher than that of the U.S. Chile passed a severely restrictive abortion law in 1989 but the PLoS One study say ...

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