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global health disparities, human rights, maternal mortality, millennial development goals, social injustice, sustainable development goals



  1. Patton, Cheryl M.


ABSTRACT: The incidence of maternal mortality rates (MMRs) is grossly higher in developing countries than in wealthier regions. Multiple factors are involved in the MMR. Much of the attention to lower deaths was given to biomedical causes. However, socioeconomic, healthcare availability, and cultural issues often impede a woman's chance of healthy maternal outcomes. Most maternal deaths are preventable. This article discusses the injustices that occur as a result of global maternal health disparities, and highlights organizations that are working to end preventable maternal deaths.