According to the Countdown to 2015 initiative: “Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010. Some of the world’s poorest countries have achieved spectacular progress in reducing child deaths. Similar progress has been seen in reducing maternal deaths, although in fewer developing countries.
But all the news is not good. Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy and her newborn baby’s chances of survival are very poor. For every woman who dies, an additional 20-30 suffer significant and sometimes lifelong problems, as a result of their pregnancy. In these same two minutes nearly 30 young children die of disease and illness that could have been prevented or effectively treated. …”
These are some of the results shown in a new 220-page report, Building a Future for Women and Children, which is published by the Countdown to 2015 initiative (www.countdown2015mnch.org).