Each year, about 529,000 women die giving birth. In Sierra Leone, one woman out of 8 has chance of dying in childbirth during their lifetime. An African country with a population of 6.3 million people, Sierra Leone has 2,100 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world according to UN; and 857 deaths per 100,000 live births from the government figure. The brutal civil war that lasted 11 years had ended in 2002; however, the country still suffered from poverty and lack of health care system which still resulted in the highest death rate of pregnant mothers in the world.
Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world only after Sierra Leone. An astonishing number of 25,000 women die from obstetric causes per year, or 1 woman dies every 27 minutes.
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