Jun 12, 2010

Reducing Maternal Deaths - Hope In Bangladesh Linked with Education of Girls

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

Bangladesh is a country that clearly reflects the value of education. According to a study from The Lancet, the improvement in girls’ education can lower and even half maternal death rates, like the case of Bangladesh. In 2001, the Bangladeshi government began providing free education for girls up to 12th grade, with supplementary incentives like food. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), girls’ enrollment in secondary schools leaped from 1.1 million in 1991 to 3.9 million in 2005 because of these incentives. Improved access to education has had huge effects on socioeconomic development and maternity mortality. Women who are knowledgeable and educated are a more active in making effective family planning and marriage decisions. Traditionally women give birth at home, however, more women are now aware of the threats of home delivery and are having their babies in health facilities. According to the UN Children’s Fund, the primary challenge for the Bangladesh health care system is the shortage of women doctors. Education is the basis, not only for lowering maternal mortality rates, but also for the socioeconomic progress of different countries that are industrialized or still in different stages of development. Life For Mothers (LFM) has stressed the need for women's empowerment to impact maternal mortality. This report from Bangladesh gives us hope that we must persist in educating girls and making sure that they finish. Here's the link to optimism: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89451

Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010


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