Sep 16, 2010

UN Reports Maternal Deaths Worldwide Have Decreased By One-Third

AUTHOR:Harry Strulovici, MD, MPHSOURCE:IRIN NEWS and WHO Press Release

A new report released by the following UN agencies-World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank- showed that from 1990 to 2008, maternal deaths decreased from an estimated 546,000 to 358,000. Still, 1000 women die each day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth! This report mirrors the results reported by the University of Washington and published in the journal, The Lancet in April 2010. Progress was made in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where deaths dropped by 26%. Overall, SSA accounts for 57% of these deaths and South Asia for 30%. As Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank stated last week, "given the weak state of health systems in many countries…partners need to strengthen these systems so that women may gain significantly better access to quality family planning and reproductive health services, skilled midwives at their births, emergency obstetric care and postnatal care for mothers and newborns.” In other words, only a holistic strategy can make a substantial impact for women and their families. Life For Mothers (LFM) advocates for a similar strategy and hopes to implement its pilot project this year in rural Uganda.

Please see the following links: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=90490

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/maternal_mortality_20100915/en/index.html

 

 


Did you know?

99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

Source:The World Health Organization (WHO), 2010


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