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Trends in Maternal Mortality: selected countries from 1980 to 2013

on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 04:06

In the previous article, we talked about causes of maternal deaths. Today, we share a visualization that allows you comparing the trends in maternal mortality ratio (MMR) between two selected countries. 

To illustrate the tool, I wanted to see the difference in MMR trend patterns between South Sudan, the country that had the highest MMR in 2013, and Iceland, country that had the lowest MMR in 2013.

In South Sudan, the level of MMR is significantly high in most of the age groups compared to Iceland. Unlike Iceland, the MMR trend pattern in South Sudan is increasing in every age group. 

In Iceland, the MMR decreased significantly from 1980 to 2013 in every age groups from 20-24 years-old to 45-49 years-old, which contributed importantly to a 74% reduction of MMR in all ages (10 to 49 years-old.

Select your country to see how it compares to Iceland, or any other baseline country. See what are the main differences in terms of level and trends od MMR between them, and try identifying those age groups that need more health care efforts and interventions in order to reduce maternal death. 

Data source

Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) Maternal Mortality Levels and Causes 1990-2013. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2014. Available online (accessed May 28, 2016)


Nicholas J Kassebaunm, et al. Global, regional, and national levels and causes of maternal mortality during 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet, Volume 384, No. 9947, p980–1004, 13 September 2014. Available online (accessed May 28, 2016)

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Sophie Goyet's picture

Excellent. Thank you!

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