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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 794-801
Bioline Code: hn09082
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, pp. 794-801

 en Maternal Deaths in the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2000-2003
Kale, Pauline Lorena & Costa, Antonio Jose Leal


The study describes the characteristics of maternal deaths in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during 2000- 2003. After investigation by public-health services, 217 maternal deaths were identified among predominantly non-white (48.9%), single (57.1%) women aged 29.6±7.3 years on average. Direct obstetric causes corresponded to 77.4% of the maternal deaths, mainly due to hypertensive disorders. HIV-related diseases accounted for 4% of the maternal deaths. Almost three-fourths of the mothers who died were aged 20-39 years, although the highest risk of maternal death corresponded to the age-group of 40-49 years (248.9 per 100,000 livebirths). The socioeconomic and demographic profiles of maternal deaths in the city of Rio de Janeiro reflected a vulnerable social situation. Appropriate interventions aimed at reducing maternal mortality need to encompass all women of childbearing age, irrespective of the magnitude of the risk of maternal death.

Causes of death; HIV; Hypertensive disorders; Maternal health; Maternal mortality; Vital statistics; Women’s health; Brazil

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