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By Leta Hong Fincher
Washington
15 January 2009

Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. UNICEF says about 1,800 Afghan women die out of every 100,000 live births
Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. UNICEF says about 1,800 Afghan women die out of every 100,000 live births
High maternal mortality rates remain a critical problem in many parts of the world. The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, has released a report on the more than half a million women who die each year from childbirth or pregnancy.

The State of the World's Children 2009 says most of the deaths are preventable through basic healthcare. 

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