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10 challenges created by a population boom

By: Robynne Boyd on July 10, 2015, 4:50 p.m.
A pregnant woman gets her baby's heartbeat monitored inside the Mae La refugee camp

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Society's bedrock

Imagine a world where every baby is wanted, where every birth has the potential to be safe, and where every child has the possibility of actualizing their potential. This is part of the World Health Organization's vision. The group's statistics of maternal mortality are staggering: About 800 women die each day. Most of these could have been prevented. Almost all — 99 percent — of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. And maternal mortality is higher in rural, indigent groups. There's hope though. Over the last 20 years, the frequency of these types of deaths have been reduced by almost half.