That’s what happens in Sierra Leone. It’s an almost unbelievable number, about 200 times higher than it would be in a developed country. To put it another way, a woman has a one in six chance of dying in childbirth. And then, one in six babies die.
There are several different reasons for these awful figures, but one of the factors is female circumcision which is almost universal in Sierra Leone. Other issues are the use of traditional medicine which can be hazardous; the cost of healthcare where many live in poverty (in spite of the country being gold and diamond rich); lack of skilled personnel; lack of equipment.
The only country lower on the UN’s Development Index is Niger.
Full report from IRIN.