Insight: High Rates of Maternal Deaths a Global Healthcare Problem

By February 7, 2019Uncategorized

Unacceptably high levels of maternal deaths plague countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 830 women around the world die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications every day. Maternal mortality is higher in rural and poorer communities.

This is not a problem limited to developing countries.  In fact, the United States has the highest maternal mortality rates among developed countries.  Most of these deaths are preventable.

Some global progress has been made, but much more needs to follow. In fact, one of the targets under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to reduce maternal mortality ratios to less than 70 per 100,000, with no country having a maternal mortality rate of more than twice the global average. 

A Problem That Unites Us to Work for More Progress

We at the Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development believe that nurses are the healthcare professionals best positioned to lead the charge to lower maternal mortality.  We want to do our part as a global nursing community – not only to raise awareness of this global issue but also to showcase best practices and research that shows promise.

So we have decided to spotlight Preventing Maternal Deaths as our Insight topic for 2019 to do just that.  We will feature this Insight topic every other month beginning in April with new information presented each time to create a global dialogue so collectively we can help make significant progress.

We Need Your Help

We can help each other solve this problem. Here’s what you can do:

  • Do you know of any best practices and/or research that has made a difference? Please send it to us.
  • Do you have a case study that we could learn from? Please let us know.
  • Are you aware of an authority on this topic that we could contact? Please send us their name(s) and contact information.

We will take the information we receive and determine how best to share it in the Mary K community and at a global level. We value your input and look forward to hearing from you.  Please reach out to us at [email protected].

Together, we can make a world of difference!

Lisa D. Cole, MA, RN
Director, Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development