Jul 17, 2012

Increaing Contraception Can Lead to Reducing Maternal Mortality

AUTHOR:Sabrina TaverniseSOURCE:NY Times

Ms. Taverine’s piece in the NY Times on July 10 2012 corroborates the positive impact that contraceptive counseling can have on reducing deaths in developing countries. Some Sub-Saharan countries women have fertility rates as high as 7 births, e.g. Uganda. Young women who are less than 21 are particularly vulnerable because pregnancy rates often spike between 22 and 24 without a commensurate rise in counseling. Bangladesh demonstrated several years ago that maternal mortality rates could be cut in half by instituting family planning services. All of this points to the importance of counseling as a piece of a holistic strategy to achieve a reduction of these unnecessary deaths. Let’s hope that this report will spur countries to implement these policy changes. To see the article click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/health/meeting-contraception-needs-could-sink-maternal-death-rate.html

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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