Africa, Mediterranean to Discuss Reproductive Health Problems
September 24, 2001
Kenya is hosting international talks aimed at improving reproductive health in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean where 40 percent of the world's pregnancy-related deaths occur, according to the World Health Organization. Policy makers, health care managers and scientists will meet for five days to discuss a host of issues related to reproductive health of women. The issues include the very low percent of married women (less than 18 percent) who use a method of family planning; the high maternal mortality rate of women in the eastern Mediterranean; the HIV/AIDS pandemic of sub-Saharan Africa and "female genital mutilation and other practices harmful to women's health. . . ."
Agence France Presse
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