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34   Worldwide 34 per cent of maternal deaths are caused by haemorrhage.

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Target 5A: Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio

Haemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal mortality, accounting for approximately one third of deaths. Sepsis, prolonged or obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, especially eclampsia, and complications of unsafe abortion, claim further lives.

The complications leading to a maternal death can occur without warning at any time during pregnancy and childbirth. And for every woman who dies, approximately 20 more suffer injuries, infection and disabilities.

Source: WHO, Systematic Review of Causes of Maternal Death (preliminary data), 2010