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Efforts to safeguard women's health during childbirth in India appear to be yielding positive results.
According to Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Indian health and family welfare minister, the maternal mortality rate in the country stood at 200 per 100,000 live births during 2010, ZeeNews.com reports.
This is just one-third of the amount recorded 20 years earlier, which shows considerable progress on tackling the issue is being made.
As a result, Mr Azad is confident that the maternal mortality rate could reach 150 per 100,000 live births by 2015 – the level set out by its Millennium Development Goal.
"We are on track to meet the target," the minister stated.
"The target is to reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015."
According to figures from the World Health Organization, about 800 females across the globe die every day from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes that could easily be prevented.
This, it said, means maternal mortality "is unacceptably high".
Posted by Paul Robertson
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