May 16, 2010

God Bless Mothers

AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD, MPH

In an Op-Ed last week in the NY Times, Nick Kristof correctly acknowledged that 'there's no silver bullet to end maternal mortality.' He notes the lack of primary education and participation in household decision-making--two requirements for women's empowerment. The third is control of earnings (employment). The past 20 years have seen little progress and thus, the problem must be addressed by implementing a 'holistic strategy.' In addition to health system strengthening (increasing C-sections) and enabling women to deliver in a health facility with a skilled birth attendant, strong political will and good governance is required. Emphasizing family planning and ending gender-based violence will decrease mortality. In the US, the death rate has doubled in the last 20 years; in California it has tripled over the last decade. African-American women are eight times more likely to die in childbirth in NYC than white women. Until, we recognize and enforce women’s reproductive rights everyday, mothers will continue to die needlessly.
Here's the link to his piece:


Did you know?

The leading causes of maternal deaths are hemorrhage, infections, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure leading to seizures, and obstructed labor.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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