TRENDS IN MATERNAL MORTALITY IN INDIA OVER TWO DECADES IN NATIONALLY-REPRESENTATIVE SURVEYS

Trends in maternal mortality in India over two decades in nationally-representative surveys

We analyzed trends in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) from 1997 through 2020, estimated absolute maternal deaths and examined the causes of maternal death using nationally representative data sources. We estimated that 1.3 million Indian women died from maternal causes over the last two decades. Although maternal mortality rates have fallen by 70% overall, the poorer states lag behind.

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