Tracking Maternal Death to Save Lives

Bleeding, infection and unsafe abortions cause 2,800 pregnancy-related deaths every year in Burma. Limited staffing and training capacity for maternal health care, regional language barriers and resistance to family planning are all barriers to preventing maternal deaths.
To gain a better understanding of the issue, the UN Population Fund and WHO are backing a maternal death survey in Burma. Data analysis workshops are taking place countrywide to gauge the needs for maternal health and family planning services.
Just broaching the topic of maternal mortality is progress, explains midwife Aye Thazin Aung. “Discussing women dying during childbirth is still very sensitive,” she says.
Democratic Voice of Burma

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