A new report from the World Health Organization confirms a significant decline in the number of deaths from unsafe abortion worldwide. However, the data show that women in least-developed countries and sub-Saharan Africa bear a disproportionate burden. This sixth edition of the WHO Global and regional estimates of unsafe abortion and associated mortality is intended for policy-makers and programme managers, health workers and nongovernmental organizations in the area of sexual and reproductive health, researchers, groups and individuals concerned with unsafe abortion as well as others interested in information on unsafe abortion.
Unsafe abortion continues to be one of the primary causes of maternal mortality, causing 13 percent of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide. WHO researchers estimate that the number of women who died from unsafe abortion decreased by 16 percent — from 56,000 to 47,000 — between 2003 and 2008. The total number of unsafe abortions increased, however, from 19.7 million to 21.6 million during the same period, reflecting growth in the number of women of reproductive age (15-44).
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PRB: The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet
The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet has the latest data on a wide variety of indicators on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in more than 180 countries, with a focus on demography, reproductive health, education, work, and public life. A special section on overcoming barriers to gender equality is also featured. The Data Sheet is produced and distributed with support from USAID through the IDEA project. IDEA - Informing DEcisionmakers to Act - increases support among policy audiences for effective health and population programs around the world.
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