Situation of maternal mortality in Peru, 2000-2012


  • Lucy del Carpio Ancaya Estrategia de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva. Ministerio de Salud. Lima, Perú. Médico ginecoobstetra.



Sexual and reproductive rights, Maternal mortality, Peru


We perform an analysis concerning the situation of maternal mortality in Peru, based on the information of the System of Epidemiologic Surveillance of Maternal Mortality of the General Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health and the Family and Health Demographic Survey. We can see a decrease in the rates of maternal mortality between 2000 and 2012. The direct causes are the same but in different proportions according to the natural regions, being the hemorrhage the first cause of maternal mortality. The coverage of birth attention in health establishments has increased in the last years but it is still necessary to improve the capacity of quick response and the quality of the health services. Maternal mortality in Peru is related to inequity and lack of women empowerment to excerpt their rights, specially the sexual and reproductive rights. It is necessary to strengthen the strategies that have been implemented in order to accomplish of the reduction in maternal mortality in Peru.


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del Carpio Ancaya L. Situation of maternal mortality in Peru, 2000-2012. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2014 Mar. 11 [cited 2024 Jun. 12];30(3). Available from:

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