Maternal Deaths Fall 34 Percent, Still Above UN Target
September 15, 2010
The World Health Organization reported today that the number of women dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth has fallen by 34 percent since 1990. Factors credited for the improvement include better training for midwives, enhanced family planning programs, and improved delivery services and post-natal care. Yet despite this progress, women in developing countries comprise 99 percent of pregnancy-related deaths and are 36 times more likely to die of such causes than women in wealthy nations. Each year 358,000 women -- nearly 1,000 women a day -- die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director, called for more attention to obstetric care in rural settings, conflict zones, and among HIV-positive women. The report was released ahead of this month's UN Millennium Development Goals summit in New York City.
09.15.2010; Laura MacInnis
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