News on Maternal health

27 January 2010
In the News
Even before the earthquake, Haiti had the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western hemisphere. Now with the shattered healthcare system, the risks are even higher. Among the 3 million people affected by the... Read more
4 February 2010
UNFPA is providing medical kits to thousands of expectant mothers in Haiti in case they cannot get medical attention in time and give birth at home or on the streets where they are living after last month’s earthquake.... Read more
23 July 2010
It is no secret that in Africa, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are one of the leading causes of death for women of childbearing age. An unacceptable number of women die in pregnancy and childbirth each... Read more
18 January 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE—Six days after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, hospitals in the capital, Port-au-Prince, are flooded with victims, many of them with crushed limbs or fractured bones. But another kind of... Read more
28 February 2010
Reducing maternal mortality is a complex undertaking, and the Northern mountains of Viet Nam, where communities of ethnic minorities live in remote villages, pose particular problems. Maternal mortality ratio in this... Read more
26 July 2010
KAMPALA, Uganda — The 15th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government opened this morning with a call from leaders to develop the drivers of economic growth so that in turn can... Read more
22 January 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE — The January 12 earthquake in Haiti didn’t stop at taking lives and crippling people. It also wreaked havoc on the very foundations of the country’s institutions, such as government ministries, hospitals... Read more
2 July 2010
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Representatives from UNFPA offices in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Nicaragua, Niger and Sierra Leone met here last week with colleagues from headquarters and the procurement... Read more
24 January 2010
Obstetric fistula, associated with incontinence and social isolation, is hardly glamorous. But two African beauty queens – Miss Ghana@50 and Miss Liberia 2009 – are using their glamour and recognition to raise awareness... Read more
16 August 2010
GABU, Guinea Bissau – One of the first people to greet Catarina Furtado here was an infant named in her honour. Baby Catarina was the first infant delivered by Caesarean section at the surgical unit that Ms. Furtado, a... Read more