Maternal and Fetal Health Facts

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Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

 99% of all maternal deaths occur in low-income countries.

More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one third occur in South Asia.

 Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas where there is rare access to qualified prenatal care, including a health facility with ultrasound capability.

Maternal health is closely linked to newborn health. Almost 3 million newborn babies die every year, and an additional 2.6 million babies are stillborn.

Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.

Ultrasound plays an important role in identifying pregnancy-related conditions that put the mother or fetus at risk during delivery.

Thus, there is a high demand for basic ultrasound solutions in the rural areas in developing countries.