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Table 3 Estimated reduction in all-cause maternal mortality due to micronutritional supplementation and presumptive treatment of infection.

From: Could a simple antenatal package combining micronutritional supplementation with presumptive treatment of infection prevent maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa?

  Lowest estimate Point estimate Highest estimate
Proportion of maternal mortality due to1:    
   Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia 3.9 9.1 21.9
   Puerperal sepsis 6.3 9.7 12.6
   Anaemia (all causes) 0.0 3.7 13.2
Proportion of non-malarial anaemia due to iron deficiency2 30% 50% 70%
Percentage reduction in all-cause maternal mortality, median (uncertainty interval) 3.9% (0.4–5.7) 7.7% (2.4–10.7) 15.6% (8.3–20.3)
Number of maternal deaths prevented per year, median (uncertainty interval) 9,800 (900–14,200) 19,300 (6000–26,600) 38,900 (20,700–50,800)
  1. 1 Source: WHO systematic review of causes of maternal deaths [9]
  2. 2 Source: references [12-17].