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Dramatic Drop In Afghanistan’s Maternal Mortality Rate Since 2002 Questioned In New Report

New York Times: Reported Gains in Afghan Maternal Health Are Found to Be Implausible
“…In 2010, a study financed by the United States Agency for International Development determined that Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate had dropped to 327 [from 1,600 for every 100,000 live births in 2002], a stunning improvement. … In a paper commissioned by the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group, an organization representing aid groups from the British Isles, researchers from Harvard, the University of Aberdeen, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and HealthProm, a charity based in Britain, compared the two studies and found the improvement in maternal health implausible…” (Nordland, 12/4).