Kenya introduced free maternal health services a decade ago—study show it’s been a success, saving lives

Maternal and newborn deaths are a major public health problem in Kenya. In 2020 the maternal mortality ratio was 530 deaths per 100,000 live births. This is much higher than the global average of 223 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The ratio of babies who die in the first month of life (neonatal deaths) is also higher than the global average. Kenya’s neonatal death rate is 21 deaths per 1,000 live births. The global rate is 18 deaths per 1,000.

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