According to a recent report in Lancet medical journal, more than half of all maternal deaths in 2008 were reported from just six countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In India, every year about 78,000 women die during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days after delivery. And 75 per cent of these deaths could have been prevented, say experts.
As per the latest official figures, the MMR stands at 254. That is the official figure. The ground reality is a lot grimmer.
Source: The Week Magazine Sept 12,2010