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By Leta Hong Fincher
15 January 2009
High maternal mortality rates remain a critical problem in many parts of the world. The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has released a report on the more than half a million women who die each year from childbirth or pregnancy.
|Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. UNICEF says about 1,800 Afghan women die out of every 100,000 live births |
The State of the World's Children 2009 says most of the deaths are preventable through basic healthcare.