Resources on Maternal health

In Asia, more than half of all women of reproductive age want to avoid a pregnancy. However, 22% of these women—141 million in 2014—are either using no method or using a less effective, traditional method.

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With close to 500 days remaining until the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs’) deadline, the world has a pivotal moment to accelerate action and scale-up investment towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5(A&B). Acting now on what we know works, where we know to invest and how much, we can accelerate our achievements in 2015

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In the developing world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths has been slow.

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Some 15 per cent of pregnant women worldwide face potential life-threatening complications during pregnancy, delivery or afterwards.

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Obstetric fistula is a preventable and in most cases, treatable childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often isolated from their communities.

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A woman’s chance of dying or becoming disabled during pregnancy and childbirth is closely connected to her social and economic status, the norms and values of her culture, and the geographic remoteness of her home.

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Almost all of these women—99 per cent—live and die in developing countries. Since 1990, the global maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 42 per cent, from over 543,000 in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010.

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According to the World Health Organization, there are 500 million new sexually transmitted infection cases each year, of which 93 million are in Africa. Investments in women’s health during their childbearing years not only save women’s lives, but also produce ripple effects that benefit families, communities and nations.

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The health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, and lower the incidence of death and disability related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

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