Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Maternal health

In the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, there has been a range of improvements in maternal health since 1990. Region-wide, the most impressive improvement has been the dramatic reduction in the incidence of post-partum maternal death. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth per 100,000 live births) fell region-wide by 61%, a rate of reduction faster than the global average of 46% and faster than in other developing regions globally, including Africa and Latin America.


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