Maternal deaths remain above UN target - Macleans.ca
 

Maternal deaths remain above UN target

1,000 women still die needlessly every day


 

Maternal deaths have fallen 34 per cent over the past 20 years, but 1,000 women still die needlessly every day, according to the World Health Organization. In poorer countries, women are 36 times more likely to die from complications during pregnancy, Reuters reports; about 99 per cent of the 358,000 maternal deaths in 2008 were in developing countries, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa. To hit the UN target, there would need to be an annual decline in deaths of 5.5 per cent until 2015, although the rate of decline since 1990 was 2.3 per cent. The four major causes of maternal deaths are severe bleeding after childbirth, infections, hypertensive disorders and unsafe abortions.

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Maternal deaths remain above UN target

  1. Here's an article on maternal deaths and disfigurement in Niger. It shows us that trying to understand African culture in terms of our own is folly. That is why the Harper government's decision not to fund abortion (even though it is very controversial) as part of their maternal health care program is not as prudent as it could be.

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2010/06/step