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Latest Maternal death Stories

2009-05-22 09:31:00

Groundbreaking New Effort Addressing the Leading Cause of Maternal Mortality to be featured in Upcoming Documentary Film WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year, more than half a million of the world's women lose their life during childbirth; a global crisis that has seen little to no improvement over the past seven years. Last year, an effort spearheaded by Pathfinder International capitalized on groundbreaking new technologies in the field of maternal health sought to...

2009-05-08 15:20:00

Washington, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Mother's Day, May 10th, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will mark 20 years of work to research, prevent and treat the major causes of maternal death and disability in high burden countries. "Women give and protect life, nurture body and mind, and sustain communities large and small," said Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator for Global Health. "Women make extraordinary contributions as caregivers and caretakers,...

2009-04-24 09:23:24

Two-thirds of the difference between death rates among African Americans and Caucasians are now due to causes that could be prevented or cured, according to a new study appearing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The study, "Black-White Differences in Avoidable Mortality in the United States, 1980-2005," found that death from preventable or treatable conditions represented half of all deaths for individuals under age 65 and accounted for nearly 70 percent of the black-white...

2009-03-23 06:45:00

Partnership between UN Millennium Campaign and Women's eNews will raise awareness of the number one killer of young women in developing countries, despite promises by world leaders to take urgent action to end this crisis NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The number one killer of young women in the developing world is not a disease whose cure eludes us, or a condition which the world lacks the resources to treat. It is pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, 500,000 women die while trying to...

2009-01-16 21:15:10

Women in least developed nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications, UNICEF officials said in South Africa. The State of the World's Children report said a woman living in a developing country has a 1 in 76 lifetime risk of maternal death, compared with a probability of 1 in 8,000 for women in developed countries. A child born in a developing country is almost 14 times more likely to die during the first month of life than a child born in a...

2009-01-15 18:03:01

Women in the poorest countries are 300 times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than those in affluent nations, a U.N. report said Thursday. At the same time, a child born in a developing country is almost 14 times more likely to die in the first month than a child born in a developed country, UNICEF's State of the World's Children report said. The younger a girl is when she becomes pregnant, the greater the health risks, said the report released in Johannesburg, South Africa....

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2009-01-15 12:45:00

Pregnant young women in underdeveloped countries are 300 times more likely to die during childbirth than those in developed nations, according to a new report. What's more, those who gave birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die during childbirth than women who gave birth in their 20s, the United Nations Children's Fund reported on Thursday. Mothers in developing nations face a one in 8,000 risk of death due to pregnancy related complications, compared to one in 24,000...

2008-10-07 03:00:08

By Dickens, Bernard There is continuing historical and social ambivalence about whether human reproduction and indulgence of human sexuality are primarily private rights or public concerns. Family creation is essentially a private matter, involving the most personal, intimate motivations and occasions. However, when medical science replaced herbal medicine for the artificial regulation of fertility it was fiercely opposed for violation of alleged public values, often drawn from publicly...

2008-09-22 09:00:58

Roundup: UN warns of high risk of maternal death in Africa, S. Asia By Daniel Ooko NAIROBI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A new report on maternal mortality just released by UNICEF says nearly all maternal deaths occur in developing countries with over 80 percent being in sub- Saharan Africa and South Asia. The report received here on Saturday highlights the risks faced during pregnancy and childbirth by women in developing countries. The Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal...

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2008-09-21 15:50:00

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported Friday that 536,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year, often due to lack of emergency obstetrical care.   In its report entitled "Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal Mortality", the agency wrote that lack of adequate funding and political will were largely responsible for the world's maternal mortality number, which has remained relatively consistent despite modest gains in Asia. According to the...