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Reproductive risk: A 2007 assessment

Nada Chaya, Population Action International
Sarah Haddock, Population Action International

Every year, a quarter of a million women – typically poor, uneducated, and living in rural areas or urban slums – die during pregnancy and childbirth in sub-Saharan Africa. Various factors contribute to poor reproductive health. In this study we classify 130 countries from highest to lowest reproductive risk based on a Reproductive Risk Index constructed of indicators of reproductive health services and outcomes. Countries at highest reproductive risk have low incomes and are mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. In contrast, the world’s wealthiest countries are at lowest risk. Similar assessments we conducted in 1995, 2000 and 2004 yielded similar results. Among the recommendations is the need to identify differentials in reproductive health and social services and outcomes among various groups, prioritize investments according to risk factors, and target services effectively.

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Presented in Poster Session 4