Guardian Examines Rise of Pregnancies Among HIV-Positive Women in Malawi
June 10, 2008
London's Guardian on Saturday profiled Grace Mathanga, an HIV-positive pregnant woman living in Malawi whom the newspaper first profiled five years ago. According to the Guardian, an increasing number of HIV-positive women in Malawi are "knowingly getting pregnant" because of improved access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission. However, the rising number of HIV-positive pregnant women in the country has created concerns about MTCT, as well as the risk of death for women, the Guardian reports.
According to the Guardian, Malawi has the third-highest maternal mortality rate worldwide. Tariq Meguida, consultant obstetrician at a government-run hospital in Bwaila, said, "In the end, there is little doubt that women die in Africa because they are poor -- really, really poor -- and voiceless. They say absolutely nothing. They are women and that is why they die like that. It is a huge, huge scandal. The world knows it and could do more" (Boseley, Guardian, 6/7).
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