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April 2008

Jamaica Gleaner Maternal health risks - Family health doctors say more funding required for improvement
More funding and urgent supporting legis-lation are needed in order to reduce deaths and improve maternal health in Jamaica, family health practitioners disclose.
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South Africa: Health MDGs Achievable Within Next Eight Years
...During the workshop delegates recommended that countries should make maternal death a noticeable condition including the death occurring in the community.

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Flawed figures put mothers’ lives in danger
Australia’s maternal death rate could be much higher than statistics show because there is no uniform reporting system to ensure all deaths are recorded the same way, a study has found.

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Express India Online Health guide
A website dedicated to the health and welfare of Indian Women called www.indianwomenshealth.com is launched. This user friendly and interactive website contains information on health, fitness, pregnancy, beauty, nutrition etc. for women and is being designed under the guidance of some of the most well known doctors from across the country.

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Newstrack India Pregnancy and childbirth causes high mortality in women
Every one minute a woman dies due to pregnancy or childbirth related complications in world and in every seven minutes one Indian woman dies for the same, which has yet again engrossed the attention to make a safe women healthcare in reducing maternal mortality for the world’s health. The recently observed “National Safe Motherhood Day” on April 11, campaigns for the same.

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A Bumpy Ride Can Mean the Difference between Life and Death in Guatemala
...UNFPA lists four main pitfalls that contribute to maternal deaths; a delay in recognizing the danger signals; a delay in seeking skilled health services; poor transportation to health facilities; and poor quality of health services.

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This Day Online Group Seeks 75% Reduction in Mortality Rate
Stakeholders at a workshop in Abeokuta, Ogun State, have called for reduction of maternal mortality rate in the country by 75 per cent before 2015.

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Thursday 3rd April 2008

Thaindian News India needs political will to reduce maternal mortality: WHO
India’s is high due to a lack of political will and administrative and managerial failures rather than absence of expertise, an article published in WHO magazine said. India has the largest number of births per year (27 million) in the world. With its high maternal mortality of about 300-500 per 100,000 births, about 75,000 to 150,000 women die every year in India after giving birth.

guardian.co.uk Blair calls upon young to help UN meet millennium goals
Tony Blair will tonight urge young people to “awaken the world's conscience” over its failure to make sufficient progress towards meeting the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

Media Newswire Failure not an option on road to 2015, General Assembly Preseident says, as he proposes annual “stock-taking” debates on millenium development goals
Warning that failure was not an option on the path to achieving the ambitious Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target year, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim proposed today the convening of annual debates until 2015 to take stock of global progress and hold all development partners to account.

All Africa Nigeria: Maternal Mortality - UNICEF Meets 10 States
United Nations Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, A-Field Office, Enugu has concluded arrangements to hold a meeting with secretaries to 10 state governments in South-east and South-south. The meeting is meant to draw attention of governments of the zones to issues of maternal and child mortality, as well as other issues that affect women and children.

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Wednesday 2nd April 2008

Reproductive Health Reality Check Beyond the Millenium Development Goals
“The UK Government’s spending on maternal health is increasing every year. But much more needs to be done with governments, the United Nations, and non governmental organizations if the global community is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015” says Gillian Merron, the UK Government’s Under-Secretary Of State For International Development.

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