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Maternal mortality (UNFPA 2012)

Every year, 287,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. Developing countries account for 99%. Skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth can make the difference between life and death for a mother and her newborn. However, in developing countries, two in five deliveries occur at home without assistance of a skilled birth attendant.

Limited family planning options – unintended pregnancies (WHO 2012)

Nearly 90 percent of estimated 208 million pregnancies in 2008 in developing countries are said to be unintended. Globally, 86 million pregnancies were unintended; 41 million ending in abortions, 33 million in unplanned birth and 11 million in miscarriage due to limited quality information and services including supply and government support.

Unsafe Abortion (Guttmacher Institute 2012)

Almost half of unintended pregnancies (48.6 percent) end up in abortions, 22 million in unsafe abortions. Half of all induced abortion occurs each year, resulting in the deaths of 47,000 women and temporary or permanent disability among 5 million women.


Estimated 34 million people are said to be living with HIV worldwide, up by 17% from 2001.
The proportion of women living with HIV has remained stable at 50% globally, women are more affected in sub-Saharan Africa (59% of all people living with HIV).
and the Caribbean (53%). Although the rate of HIV prevalence is substantially lower in Asia than in some other regions, the absolute size of the Asian population means it isthe second largest grouping of people living with HIV.

Adolescents (IPPF 2012)

About 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth every year. Adolescent girls who give birth have a much higher risk of dying from maternal causes compared to women in their 20s or 30s.