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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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