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Maternal Mortality and Sustainable Development

  • Loren Skudder-HillEmail author
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Maternal mortality is defined by the World Health Organization as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after pregnancy is terminated. This includes all deaths irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy and from any cause related to the pregnancy, childbirth, or conditions aggravated by pregnancy, including deaths associated with the management of pregnancy. This excludes the death of pregnant women who die due to unrelated causes such as accidental or incidental events. Sustainable development refers to the phenomena of development interventions that are able to be maintained over long-term periods of time without significant risk of action ceasing, thus providing resultant improvements in developmental outcomes.


In 2015, world leaders met at a United Nations summit and decided on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including goal number 3: good...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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  • Tony Wall
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  1. 1.International Thriving at Work Research CentreUniversity of ChesterChesterUK