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Determinants of maternal mortality in Chile


Using 50 years of official data from the Chilean National Institute of Statistics (1957-2007), the authors analyzed factors likely to affect maternal mortality, such as years of education, per capita income, total fertility rate, order of birth, clean water supply, sanitary sewerage and delivery by qualified personnel. They also analyze the effect of historic maternal health and educational policies, including legislation that banned abortion in Chile since 1989, on maternal mortality.

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