Afghanistan has historically had one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world. A 2002 survey estimated it at 1,600 deaths per 100,000 live births. However, the 2010 Afghanistan Maternal Mortality Survey reported a marked decrease to an estimated 327 deaths per 100,000 live births.
The international maternal health community has questioned these findings, and whether they are potentially premature or perhaps misleading about the true state of maternal health in Afghanistan.
HealthProm's Afghanistan Project Adviser, Dr Stewart Britten, collaborated with an international team of maternal health experts to publish an analysis paper on this topic.
'Maternal mortality reported trends in Afghanistan: too good to be true?' was published by the British and Irish Agencies for Afghanistan Group (BAAG).