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Developing countries are taking great strides in medical care, but there is still a disparity in care for women and men. According the to the Population Reference Bureau, “significant inequities in access to health care services and overall health status persist for the [Middle East and North Africa]’s women, especially in the area of reproductive health.”
Poverty, traditional values and taboos are major factors that can make women less likely to seek out medical help for reproductive health issues. In fact, some countries in the area have extremely high rates of maternal death, and many don’t have any skilled healthcare providers to aid during labor.
The maternal death ratio for the U.S. in 2010 was 16.7 deaths per 100,000 births. Sudan, which had the highest rate of maternal death of the countries surveyed, had a ratio of 1107 deaths per 100,000 births.
Data from World Health Organization