Maternal mortality in Africa: Causes, strategies for improving health outcomes

Chimezie Anyakora and Ofure Odibeli
Mar 15, 2022

The unacceptably high level of maternal mortality is a health challenge worldwide and a common topic in global health discussions. Despite the significant progress made by some countries, little progress has been made in Africa as more than half of maternal deaths globally still occur in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Various factors contribute to the maternal health crisis in Africa and globally. While there is no singular straightforward intervention that will eliminate maternal mortality, there is a strong consensus that strengthening healthcare systems, availability of skilled delivery attendants, and availability of quality medicines are crucial to improving pregnancy outcomes.