Unspeakable Loss, Every 16 Seconds

Every 16 seconds, a mother somewhere will experience the tragedy of stillbirth, WHO reports.
 
The first-ever UN joint estimates shed light on the 2 million stillbirths each year, which are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Stillbirth is largely preventable with proper antenatal care and skilled birth attendants, but progress hasn’t kept pace with reductions in other key metrics like under-5 mortality.
 
In sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia, half of stillbirths occur during labor compared to just 6% in wealthier regions.
 
COVID-19 service disruptions will likely cause hundreds of thousands more stillbirths in low- and middle-income countries.
 
The unfathomable numbers demonstrate “how vital it is to reinforce and maintain essential health services, and how critical it is to increase investment in nurses and midwives,” says WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

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