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75% of Maternal Deaths are Preventable

 | © 2012 Paul Bettings/World Vision

Strong Women, Strong World midwifery project in Afghanistan  © 2012 Paul Bettings/World Vision

 

In sub-Saharan Africa, women have a 1 in 39 chance of dying in childbirth compared to a 1 in 3,800 chance in developed countries. Approximately 20% of the disease burden for children under five can be linked to poor maternal health.  However, a recently released 2012 report finds that:

“It is estimated that almost three-quarters of maternal deaths can be prevented by increasing women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including antenatal care, skilled attendants at childbirth, emergency obstetric care, maternal nutrition, early postpartum care for mothers, and family planning.”

To help aid in reducing maternal death, Strong Women, Strong World is actively training midwives to increase the number of births with skilled attendants.  Read the full report here.

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