Countries in Africa continue to have the highest maternal reproductive risk, according to a new population report. Orange indicates countries with moderate risk, and green, lowest risk.
Countries with the highest reproductive risk are indicated in red.
A new report concludes that nations around the world have had mixed success in reaching goals set out 10 years ago at a United Nations population conference.
The 1994 conference in Cairo marked an important turning point. The core of the strategy was not simply to control population, but to achieve control by giving women the power they needed to limit family size. Ten years later, a report by advocacy organizations finds that more women than ever have access to contraception. Also, more girls are staying in school and more women are serving in legislatures.
But 123-million women worldwide still can't get the contraceptives they want. And there has been no progress in reducing the rate of maternal mortality. Advocates are meeting this week to craft new strategies to achieve the goals set out 10 years ago. NPR's Richard Harris reports.