04 Jun '12, 3pm

Every two minutes, a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications. via @cnlatest

Every two minutes, a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications. via @cnlatest

UNITED NATIONS: Better care has cut the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth by nearly half in the past two decades, but there is still a death every two minutes, according to UN figures released on Wednesday. India and Nigeria between them accounted for one third of the 287,000 deaths of pregnant women in 2010 and Africa accounts for 36 of the 40 countries with the highest maternal deaths. But health experts hailed the 47% fall in fatalities from 543,000 in 1990, and said the strategy for saving more lives was clear. "We know exactly what to do to prevent maternal deaths: improve access to voluntary family planning, invest in health workers with midwifery skills, and ensure access to emergency obstetric care when complications arise," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). "These interventions have proven to save live...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/120165...

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