Aug 25, 2010

Midwives Needed in Laos to Reduce Maternal Mortality

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

According to the Ministry of Health in Laos, the maternal mortality rate is 405/100,000 live births. The country hopes to decrease the number of deaths by training more midwives. Midwifery training was suspended due to lack of funding and interest from students. As of October 2009, courses have begun in eight training centers with the assistance of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund). Another factor contributing to the high maternal mortality rate is the fact that 80% of pregnant women deliver at home. Until women believe that the health centers can provide skilled birth deliveries mothers will be reluctant to leave their homes. Community mobilization is now beginning to get the message out that competent maternal services are available. This is exactly what Sri Lanka did to reduce their maternal mortality rates. A holistic strategy was implemented to include the community as stakeholders as well as making health centers capable to provide safe deliveries. This is the same strategy that Life For Mothers (LFM) hopes to put in place in Uganda later this year. Here is the link to the article: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=90284


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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