Each extra month of paid maternity leave brings a 13 per cent reduction in child mortality rates in low-income countries and the developing world. This means that eight infant deaths are avoided for every one thousand births. The reduction of child mortality through an increase in paid maternity leave represents an objective in the health policy projects in countries where there is a 95 per cent child mortality rate. Throughout the world more than 180 countries grant paid maternity leave to new mothers.
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