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Ethiopia has a disproportionate number of global maternal deaths and is one of six countries which contribute to over 50% of all maternal deaths worldwide. In 2015, the average maternal mortality ratio in Ethiopia was 353 per 100,000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate was 28 per 1,000 livebirths. One contributing factor to the maternal mortality rate is the low rate of births attended by skilled health staff. In 2013, only 23% of births were attended by skilled health staff (i.e. personnel trained to give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period).

TRAction is supporting a case study to identify the facilitators and barriers to skilled care-seeking for maternal and newborn complications within the context of the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) project.  

Sources: World Bank Databank & Berhan, Y. Review of Maternal Mortality in Ethiopia: A Story of the Past 30 Years. Ethiopian Journal of Health Science. 2014 Sept. pgs. 3-14. 

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