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MDG5: Improve Maternal Health

MDG5: Improve Maternal Health
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Nepal's 'confined women' want freedom

Mar 13, 2009 09:16 AM Confining new mothers and women during their monthly menstrual cycles remains a widespread practice in Nepal. This old tradition of chhaupadi, followed out of fear, forces seclusion upon women in unhygienic conditions. But change is gradually coming with several voices calling for an end to this ostracisation.
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Maternal mortality still high in Afghanistan

Jan 27, 2009 09:25 AM Afghanistan has the world’s second highest maternal mortality rate despite improvements in female health, United Nations officials said yesterday. Experts used a UN-backed press conference to highlight the need for continuing action to meet the country’s MDG target on the issue.
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Nepal succeeds in improving maternal health

Jan 14, 2009 10:30 AM Nepal has succeeded in significantly reducing maternal deaths in the country in last few years, bringing it closer to achieving this particular MDG. Experts say legalisation of abortion in 2002 has made all the difference, especially when many women used to die due to unsafe termination of pregnancy.
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New tool to analyse maternal deaths

Oct 14, 2008 04:10 AM Maternal deaths in India can now be audited with a new tool developed by UNICEF. Known as the Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry and Response (MAPEDIR), the tool can be used to find high-impact, local interventions that ensure safe deliveries.
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Many Indian women still dying giving birth

Oct 13, 2008 12:44 PM With thousands of women dying across the country each year due to pregnancy related problems, maternal mortality in India is still a cause of worry, says a new UNICEF report. It warns that if the country were to achieve its MDG, it must address critical social and economic factors.
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Social exclusion rampant in India’s maternal healthcare

Sep 24, 2008 05:16 PM At a meeting held in the Indian capital today, several organisations associated with the Wada Na Todo Abhiyan shared their findings on the working of National Rural Health Mission. Though limited in their scope, these surveys reveal prevailing discrimination in maternal healthcare to socially disadvantaged groups.

Training helps Pakistan midwives curb maternal deaths

Sep 03, 2008 12:55 PM Midwifery training by a local NGO in Pakistan's Sindh province is helping traditional birth attendants better understand birthing complications and value safety in deliveries. In a country where young girls are married as soon as they reach puberty, the training has also encouraged women to question such cultural norms.

Reducing maternal mortality

Aug 31, 2008 06:30 PM Access to health information and services plays an important role in reducing the maternal mortality rate. This became clear in a pilot study carried out in a western Indian state, which has made health authorities believe that other states can also benefit from this.

Pregnant women at risk in Myanmar

Aug 12, 2008 09:28 AM Myanmar has a huge task ahead to provide proper nutrition and adequate health services to expectant mothers, especially in areas hit hardest by Cyclone Nargis. UN agencies are trying to reach out to those in need but clearly much more is required to be done.

Educating women on reproductive health care

Jul 14, 2008 11:42 AM ARTH, an NGO working in western India has achieved remarkable success in driving awareness on reproductive health among rural women. Apart from running field clinics and fully equipped health centres in the region, the organisation also trains women to deal with emergencies.

Poor facilities deny safe motherhood

Jul 11, 2008 08:58 AM Non-functional health centres, non-availability of diagnostic equipment and medicines, shortage of gynaecologists and prevalence of corruption are the primary reasons for high maternal mortality rate in central India. Despite government’s tall claims, there has been no expansion or improvement of the medical facilities for more than a decade.

Bangladesh: Maternal deaths highest in South Asia

Jun 18, 2008 08:11 AM Bangladesh has the worst maternal mortality rate in South Asia. Every year 21,000 women die during pregnancy or while giving birth to a child due to haemorrhage, anaemia, hypertension and obstructed labour. The country would need to spend more on health if it wants to arrest this phenomenon.

Tracking maternal mortality the low-cost way

Mar 20, 2008 07:15 AM Researchers from India and the United Kingdom have developed an inexpensive surveillance system for measuring maternal mortality, which could eventually guide policymakers in protecting maternal health.

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