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[Comment] Late maternal deaths: a neglected responsibility

Maternal mortality, no matter when and where it occurs, results in sequelae that extend beyond the loss of the life of a single woman. The death of a mother adversely affects the ability of her family to survive and thrive, especially under conditions of socioeconomic deprivation.1 Documentation of data on maternal mortality has helped identify areas of socioeconomic inequity and serves as a barometer of a society’s health system.