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MDG5: Improve Maternal Health

MDG5: Improve Maternal Health
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India launches campaign to stop maternal deaths

Mar 08, 2010 11:03 AM Play Your Part, a nationwide campaign has been launched to bring families and communities together to prevent thousands of maternal deaths every year in India. According to the latest official data, the north-eastern state of Assam has the highest maternal mortality rate at 480 per 100,000 live births.
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Mullahs promoting family planning in Afghanistan

Mar 03, 2010 01:54 PM Afghan religious leaders have joined community and health workers to explain the importance of spacing out births as a necessary step for providing both mother and child a chance at good health. They are delivering messages during Friday prayers also distributing stocks when clinics remain closed.
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Suicide major cause of WRA deaths in Nepal

Jan 22, 2010 12:30 PM Suicide has emerged as a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age group in Nepal, according to a study conducted by the Department of Health Services. The study was carried out in eight districts representing different ethnicities and levels of development.
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Shortage of health workers in Pakistan's refugee camps

Dec 07, 2009 01:04 PM Security issues are preventing women health workers to access and serve the internally displaced population in Pakistan. Bias towards male doctors and the absence of female attendees are leaving most of the females in the camps untreated, further aggravating their health situations.
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Poor facilities causing maternal deaths in Afghanistan

Oct 29, 2009 02:19 PM In Badakshan province in north-eastern Afghanistan, survival of women while giving birth depends merely on a chance. Lack of awareness, poverty and poor infrastructure are the main reasons for high mortality rate in the embattled country.
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Saving the lives of Afghan mothers and newborns

Oct 27, 2009 12:00 PM UNICEF-supported maternity waiting home programme in Afghanistan aims to save the lives of mothers and newborn babies by bringing skilled prenatal and postnatal care to women in remote areas. Maternal mortality rates in the country are among the highest in the world.
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India: Midwives should be empowered not phased out

Oct 15, 2009 01:09 PM Activists and experts in India feel that unless the country aims at maximising the number of births attended by skilled health personnel, it is not possible to reduce maternal deaths. There is a need for a revision of polices aimed at ‘institutionalising’ deliveries in resource-poor rural settings.
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Maternal mortality on the rise in India

Oct 08, 2009 02:24 PM Human Rights Watch’s new report reveals that breakdown of healthcare system in India is taking its toll on pregnant women. Despite national commitment, repeated failures to monitor flaws in healthcare programmes and the ignorance about entitlements have resulted in increased maternal mortality.
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Health services missing for women workers in India

Oct 05, 2009 07:35 PM Much of women’s work in India has little or no social security, reveals a new report on women wage labourers’ access to maternal health services. Absence of protection against occupational and health hazards is creating vulnerable situations for women workers in the country’s deprived regions.
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Pop star raises awareness on women's health in Nepal

Sep 11, 2009 05:54 PM A British pop star is currently in Nepal to promote maternal healthcare and women’s rights. Geri Halliwell, a former member of the famous music band ‘Spice Girls’ and goodwill ambassador for the UNFPA, has launched a campaign to draw attention to problems like violence and inadequate obstetric care.
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Safe abortion can reduce mortality rate in Indonesia

Aug 25, 2009 02:43 PM Indonesia’s archaic abortion law forces many women to terminate pregnancy through illegal means, contributing to the highest mortality rate in the region. Demanding improved family planning services, rights groups are calling for an amendment in the law to protect women from unsafe practices.
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Afghan midwives defy tradition to save lives

Aug 13, 2009 11:51 AM Orthodox customs and dearth of female staff hinder Afghan women’s access to health centres. However, growing number of midwifery schools especially in rural areas have helped improve the country’s record on maternal health. Trained in child delivery, these women also increase awareness about family planning and HIV/AIDS.

Bangladesh girls: Too young to marry; too young to die

Aug 03, 2009 11:35 AM In Bangladesh, according to UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2009 report, 64% girls marry before they reach the age of 18. As a result, both maternal and child mortality rates are increasing in the country.
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Campaign for safe motherhood in India

Jul 02, 2009 06:24 PM Almost a quarter of the world’s maternal deaths occur in India and some states have alarmingly high rates, reveals a new report released this week in the national capital. A people-led campaign found that quality healthcare was essential for bringing down the number of deaths.
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A contraceptive revolution in India

Jun 22, 2009 03:06 PM An Indian couple is steadfastly engaged in bringing winds of change in rural Bihar by motivating people to the benefits of a small family. With the help of thousands of volunteers, they are reaching out to married couples who want to control their family size but do not know how.
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Displaced Pakistani women lack medical facilities

May 26, 2009 04:46 PM UN humanitarian agencies in Pakistan have expressed concern over dearth of skilled medics and insufficient arrangements for internally displaced women in camps. Housing 6,000 pregnant women, these camps lack midwives, labour rooms, neonatal and emergency services.
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UN body expands support for Lanka's pregnant women

May 13, 2009 05:33 PM Health and safety of pregnant women in the war-torn northern Sri Lanka have come under serious stress due to huge influx of people. The UN Population Fund is gearing up for the crisis by arranging mobile reproductive health clinics, maternity kits, emergency care and psychosocial counselling.
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High-risk pregnancies among women in Sri Lanka

Apr 08, 2009 10:00 AM Sri Lankan women in conflict zones face severe pregnancy related disabilities and deaths due to inadequate access to basic family planning services. NGOs are providing mobile health clinics to reach out to them during emergencies.
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Pakistan to promote birth spacing among women

Mar 26, 2009 01:25 PM Unplanned pregnancies are leaving women vulnerable to diseases and untimely death in Pakistan. Efforts are now being made by the governing bodies to make family planning a health need for mother and child, and not just for controlling the family size.
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Taliban in Afghanistan draws battle lines over contraception

Mar 16, 2009 02:23 PM Some Taliban groups in Afghanistan have taken a strong stand against the use of all forms of contraceptives, terming them as non-Islamic. The country has highest fertility rate in Asia and very high rates of infant and maternal mortality.
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