Benin is a country in West Africa. In 2017-2018 the total fertility rate for Benin was 5.7 children per woman. (1) Benin has seen an increase in the percentage of institutional births from 76% in 2001 to 84% in 2017-2018, (1) with 78% of births in 2017-2018 being attended by a skilled birth attendant. (1). The maternal mortality rate (MMR) decreased by 24% between 2000 and 2017 from 520 per 100,000 livebirths to 397 per 100,000 respectively. (2) Women in Benin continue to face a 1 in 49 lifetime risk of maternal death, (2) whilst the neonatal mortality rate (NMR) was estimated to be 31 per 1,000 livebirths in 2019. (3)
- Institut National de la Statistique et de l’Analyse Économique (INSAE) et ICF. Enquête Démographique et de Santé au Bénin 2017-2018. Cotonou: INSAE et ICF, 2018.
- WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, et al. Trends in maternal mortality: 2000 to 2017: estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, The World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2019.
- United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2020, Estimates developed by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. New York, 2020.