South Africa: Maternal mortality

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 South Africa

Maternal mortality per 100,000 live births

 Latest value 127
 Year 2020
 Measure deaths per 100,000 births
 Data availability 2000 - 2020
 Average 176
 Min - Max 118 - 232
 Source UNICEF
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 2000 to 2020. The average value for South Africa during that period was 176 deaths per 100,000 births with a minimum of 118 deaths per 100,000 births in 2019 and a maximum of 232 deaths per 100,000 births in 2004. The latest value from 2020 is 127 deaths per 100,000 births. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 182 countries is 138 deaths per 100,000 births. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Africa - Maternal mortality - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Africa - Maternal mortality - historical chart - 2000-2020




Definition: Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die from pregnancy-related causes while pregnant or within 42 days of pregnancy termination per 100,000 live births. The data are estimated with a regression model using information on the proportion of maternal deaths among non-AIDS deaths in women ages 15-49, fertility, birth attendants, and GDP measured using purchasing power parities (PPPs).

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Maternal mortality 127 2020 deaths per 100,000 births
 Neonatal mortality 11 2022 deaths per 1000 births
 Infant mortality 26 2021 deaths per 1000 live births
 Child mortality 33 2021 deaths per 1000 births
 Child mortality, female 30 2021 deaths per 1000 births
 Child mortality, male 35 2021 deaths per 1000 births
 Older child mortality rate 3 2021 deaths per 1000 births
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