May 22, 2010

Childbirth Remains High Risk In Southern Mexico

AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD, MPHSOURCE:AOL NEWS

After the Lancet journal (See previous Topic in Focus) reported that a study found that maternal mortality had decreased in many countries around the world, deaths in Mexico were reported to have gone done from 152 per 100,000 births in 1980 to 52 in 2008. This article highlights the gross inequity of health care within country.
The poorest areas of Mexico, namely, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero suffer a disproportionate of maternal deaths due to lack of services and physicians. It is clear that multiple factors are affecting the cause of these deaths. This situation occurs with much greater frequency in poorer countries in the developing world. (Sub-Saharan Africa). As pointed out, 'until political is created and translated into culturally competent services,more clinics and increased coverage by midwives, childbearing women of Mexico will continue to die at unacceptably high rates.' LIFE FOR MOTHERS recognizes that the only strategy to combat these deaths is by implementing a holistic approach that addresses the multiple root causes, e.g. transport, etc.
Here's the link: http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/in-southern-mexico-giving-birth-is-too-often-deadly/19441738

Did you know?

99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

Source:The World Health Organization (WHO), 2010


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