Tackling High Maternal Deaths in Kenya
8 July 2016

Maternal death is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management. Kenya continues to have a high maternal mortality ratio (MMR), despite the commitment from the government to address the issue. Calculations by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, based on available national data for Kenya, show that MMR declined minimally (by 26 percent) between 1990 and 2015, from 687 per 100,000 births to 510 and the lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 42.

This policy brief looks into the prevalence of maternal death in Kenya, the major factors that lead to its causation and makes recommendations to bring down the number of maternal deaths

Tackling High Maternal Deaths in Kenya

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