by Clara Pons Duran, Andrew Dabalen, Ambar Narayan et al.
Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank Group (WBG), 2016
Half of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa are not receiving the most essential reproductive and maternal health interventions. The report finds strikingly uneven access to care across and within the countries. Maternity care, delivery attended by skilled personnel and school attendance have the most unequal access. The authors note that universal health coverage strategies offer the best mechanism for reaching “every woman, everywhere” with essential health care. Women in sub-Saharan Africa account for 2/3rds (201,000 deaths in 2015) of total maternal deaths globally.