News on Maternal health

18 August 2009
HANG KIA, Hoa Binh Province, Viet Nam – When Kha Y Khua gave birth to her first child 13 years ago, she broke with tradition and gave birth at the local health station. Her people, the H’Mong, live mostly in mountainous... Read more
26 February 2004
New York —Why does Afghanistan have the highest maternal mortality rate in the world? What four conditions must be met to reduce it? How is a missionary helping hundreds of former bush wives and survival sex workers in... Read more
3 August 2009
KAPILVASTU DISTRICT, Nepal — Thanks to a recent hysterectomy, Dhana Kala Rokka Magar feels like a new person. At age 60, she has become a passionate health advocate, in the hopes that others will not suffer as much as... Read more
5 March 2004
MANIKGANJ, Bangladesh—This bustling farming community, 70 kilometres south of Dhaka, is a town of narrow dirt lanes, clogged with humanity and every conceivable form of transport, from rickshaws and bullock carts to... Read more
5 February 2004
GOUDIRY, Senegal — It’s a long way — 70 kilometres along a hot and dusty dirt road — from the village of Goudiry to the regional hospital in Tambacoumba. For many of the women who tried to get there in the throes of... Read more
7 December 2004
UNITED NATIONS, New York—The 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) underscored the importance of families as “central to human societies.” The family is the “basic unit that reproduces... Read more
18 August 2004
KIBUYE, Rwanda — The network of Rwandan parliamentarians this week outlined a bold four-point advocacy programme to reduce maternal deaths by 40 per cent by increasing the nation’s low contraceptive prevalence rate of 4... Read more
14 July 2009
  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Across most of sub-Saharan Africa, there are fewer than five doctors for every 100,000 people. Each year 20,000 health professionals leave their posts to pursue jobs in urban areas outside... Read more
23 September 2004
Betty Cheboi sits uneasily on a small wooden bench in her ramshackle shop perched on the edge of a jagged ravine in the remote hill community of Kapchorwa, near Mt. Elgon in western Uganda. A tiny woman, Betty is... Read more
3 June 2009
New York — Every minute, a woman dies in the developing world as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. For years, the tragic deaths of 500,000 mothers each year has been more or less invisible. The dead women are... Read more


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