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Maternal Health

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die due to childbirth in comparison with those in developed countries. Improving the woman’s health and care is one of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations . Significant effort has been made towards achieving the Millennium development Goal 5 targeting 75% reduction in maternal mortality ratio. Despite this effort, there is a high maternal mortality and morbidities in the developing countries. More than half a million women die annually as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, the vast majority of these deaths are in the developing countries. Having a child in developing countries is one of the real threats for the mother, moreover for every woman who dies; another 20 suffer morbidity which might be permanent. During childbirth women die because of obstetric hemorrhage, obstructed labor, infection and other direct and indirect causes. However, other risk factors play an important role and make this wide difference in the woman’s health and care between the developed and developing worlds. The health care that is provided in Sub-Saharan African and other developing countries is influenced by different factors like education, client orientation and financial considerations. Education was a predictor for poor maternal and perinatal outcomes in developing countries; it was associated with low use of antenatal care, low use of contraception, maternal near-miss and maternal mortality. Thus, other factors may play a potential risk for the poor maternal health care such as poor training, health education and the availability of skilled personnel at delivery. (Ali AA (2013) Maternal Health Care in Developing Countries)
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Last date updated on July, 2014

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