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Can poor countries surmount high maternal mortality?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11198065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Does poverty bind developing countries to high levels of maternal death in childbirth? Or, as safe-motherhood advocates claim, do public health and social policy interventions have the potential to accelerate maternal mortality transitions? Globally, almost one in 200 live births leads to the death of the mother, making maternal mortality an issue of critical international import. This article presents an analysis of the determinants of national maternal mortality levels with a view to shedding light on these questions. A cross-national regression of 64 countries shows that wealth indicators explain only a portion of the variance in national maternal mortality levels. Other determinants, including women's educational levels and the proportion of deliveries attended by trained health personnel, are more clearly associated with national maternal mortality levels than are measures of wealth. The results offer grounds for optimism concerning the potential for global safe-motherhood efforts to induce maternal mortality transitions.
J Shiffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in family planning     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0039-3665     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Fam Plann     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-24     Completed Date:  2001-05-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7810364     Medline TA:  Stud Fam Plann     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  274-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 306 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-1090, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Developing Countries / economics*
Educational Status
Health Status
Maternal Mortality / trends*
Regression Analysis
World Health Organization

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