Maternal mortality in 2000: estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA

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Carla AbouZahr
Tessa Wardlaw
World Health Organization
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Geneva, Switzerland

Summarizes the complexity involved in measuring maternal mortality and the reasons why such measurement is subject to uncertainty, particularly when it comes to monitoring progress. Analyzes and interprets the results, pointing out some of the pitfalls that may be encountered in attempting to use the estimates to draw conclusions about trends. Also presents a summary of the kind of information needed to build a fuller understanding of both the levels and trends in maternal mortality and the interventions needed to achieve sustained reductions in the coming few years.