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Table 1: Women's Lifetime Risk of Death from Pregnancy, 2000

Region (United Nations regions)

Risk of Death

Africa

1 in 20

Asia

1 in 94

Latin American & Caribbean

1 in 160

Oceania
1 in 83

Europe

1 in 2,400

Less developed regions

1 in 61

More developed regions

1 in 2,800

Worldwide
1 in 74

Information adapted from AbouZahr C, Wardlaw, T. Maternal Mortality in 2000: Estimates Developed by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA. Geneva: WHO; 2000. Available at: www.who.int/reproductive-health/publications/maternal_mortality_2000/maternal_mortality_2000.pdf.

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