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2008-08-15 00:00:37

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat High Court has asked the state health department to provide details regarding the number of doctors posted in its Primary Health Centres (PHC), the trained nurses and facilities available for delivery. These directions came from a division bench of acting Chief Justice MS Shah and Justice DH Waghela after a petitioner, senior doctor Leela Trivedi filed an application to enhance facilities to curb the high maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the state. In fact, Dr Trivedi...

2008-08-11 12:01:13

UNICEF today thanked the North York General Hospital Foundation, The Canadian International Development Agency, Canada Company and the Toronto Garrison Officers Ball for their generous contribution to help women and children in Afghanistan. The funds raised will help expectant mothers and newborns get the health care they need at the Khairkhana Hospital in Kabul Province. "Women and children in Afghanistan are especially vulnerable right now, and there is an urgent need for more supplies and...

2008-07-27 06:00:16

Text of an article by Seddiq Zaliq in English entitled: "Public health services lacking in rural areas", published by independent Afghan newspaper Kabul Weekly on 23 July Infant and maternal mortality rates are still high across the country despite claims by the Public Health Ministry that 85 per cent of the population has access to health care. After Sierra Leone, Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world with at least 1,600 deaths per 100,000 live births, according...

2008-07-04 00:00:28

By Shailvee Sharda LUCKNOW: First it was Nankai, who delivered a still born in Mohanlalganj. Then it was Rajdai, Alimun Nisa, Ketaki. The list of pregnant women who suffered when in dire need of medical attention can go on and on. No wonder just 29 per cent women go in for institutional deliveries. This means that of the 54 lakh pregnant women in UP, more than 38 lakh deliver babies in unhealthy conditions. And it is this gap which no scheme can bridge, believe health activists. "The...

2007-09-11 06:00:53

By Lawoyin, Taiwo O Lawoyin, Olusheyi O C; Adewole, David A ABSTRACT Innovative and effective options toward reducing maternal mortality rates in African nations must include the active participation of all stakeholders. This study was carried out to assess men's level of knowledge and attitude to preventing maternal deaths. In a cross-sectional, community-based survey complemented with exploratory in-depth interviews, data were collected from men from different socioeconomic areas using a...

2007-04-24 12:00:14

By Sidlik, Rakefet; Sheiner, Eyal; Levy, Amalia; Wiznitzer, Arnon Abstract Objective. The primary objective of this study was to characterize the delivery outcome of parturients with congenital heart defects (CHD), from maternal and from neonatal perspectives. Study design. A retrospective population-based study was conducted, covering a 13-year period (1989-2002) with an aggregate of 151487 deliveries of all women with and without CHD. Maternal demographics, obstetrical and medical...

2006-08-31 14:45:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Caesarean delivery more than triples a woman's risk of dying in childbirth compared to a vaginal birth, according to a new study from France. The risk is still quite small, but many developed countries have seen a dramatic rise in the number of Caesareans performed each year as more women elect to avoid a vaginal delivery. Researchers, led by Catherine Deneux-Tharaux of the Maternite Hopital Tenon in Paris, looked at 65 maternal deaths recorded in the French National...

2006-03-27 18:05:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Hemorrhage and high blood pressure are the leading causes of maternal deaths in poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to research published on Tuesday. Each year about 8 million women suffer pregnancy-related complications and over half a million die, but many of the deaths could be prevented, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). "In our analysis of joint causes of death, hemorrhage was the leading cause of maternal deaths in Africa and...

2006-02-27 08:49:48

LONDON (Reuters) - A re-usable, lightweight suit could help save the lives of thousands of women in poor countries who die each year during childbirth, researchers said on Monday. The garment, which resembles the bottom half of a wetsuit, restores blood flow to vital organs in women in shock and suffering from obstetrical haemorrhaging, or bleeding, during the birth. In a pilot study of 364 women in Egypt, the non-pneumatic, anti-shock garment, or NASG, reduced death and severe...

2005-12-01 12:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The overall maternal death rate in the US is not as low as it could be, according to a review of pregnancy-related deaths in North Carolina, which suggests that about four out of every 10 pregnancy-related deaths are potentially preventable. "Despite the decline in pregnancy-related mortality rates, almost one half of these deaths could potentially be prevented, mainly through improved quality of medical care," investigators note in the December issue of Obstetrics...