Maternal mortality in developing countries: Applicability of Amartya Sen's theoretical perspectives

Dheeshana S. Jayasundara, Subadra Panchanadeswaran

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Maternal mortality is a serious problem faced by developing countries and has been identified as a key millennium development goal. This paper empirically tested the efficacy of Amartya Sen's human development perspectives to combat maternal mortality. Path analysis was used to test the empirical model. Test results found full support of the theoretical model. The findings have significant implications for reducing maternal mortality through social development efforts that improve reproductive capability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-231
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Comparative Social Welfare
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011



  • Amartya Sen
  • developing countries
  • human development
  • maternal mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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