- Less than 16% of births in Ethiopia are attended by a skilled health worker. By comparison, 99% of U.S. births are attended by a skilled health worker.
- About 1 in 17 Ethiopian children will die before their 5th birthday. More than 40% of those deaths occur in the first four weeks.
- A woman in Ethiopia has a 1 in 238 chance of dying in childbirth compared to 1 in 4,000 in a developed country.
- About 80% of diseases in Ethiopia are attributable to preventable conditions related to infectious diseases, malnutrition, and personal and environmental hygiene.
- Cataract is the leading cause of preventable blindness in Ethiopia, with rates of cataract in rural Ethiopia reaching 2.4%.
- Nearly 50% of blindness cases and 41% of low vision cases in Ethiopia are due to cataract that can be surgically treated.
Sources: Global Health Observatory; Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group; World Health Organization; Ethiopian Journal of Health Development
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