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January - April 2009

The International News
Tuesday 14th April 2009

The International News Safe motherhood to be highlighted through ‘Mother’s Night’
In an effort to create widespread awareness about the importance of safe motherhood, the World Population Foundation (WPF) plans to organise a ‘Mother’s Night’ in all provincial capitals with a national event in Islamabad being held on May 9, on the eve of the International Mother’s Day.

The Hindu, India
Thursday 9th April 2009

The Hindu, India Internet campaign to reduce maternal mortality
Every seven minutes, one woman in India dies because of complications during childbirth or pregnancy. In order to address this problem, an NGO here will launch the Million Mums web campaign on the National Safe Motherhood Day April 11.

The Punch, Nigeria
Wednesday 8th April 2009

The Punch, Nigeria 70,000 girls die from maternal mortality — UN
The United Nations Interagency Task Force on Adolescent Girls has revealed that maternal deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are an important cause of mortality for girls aged 15-19 worldwide, accounting for 70,000 deaths annually.

Independent Online, Sudan
Sunday 5th April 2009

Independent Online, Sudan Motorbike ambulances lifeline for women
South Sudan has a new tool in the fight against maternal mortality: motorbike ambulances, complete with sidecar and padded bed.

Sunday 29th March 2009

AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Zamfara First Lady Laments Rate of Maternal Mortality
Hajiya Aisha Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, wife of Zamfara State governor, has lamented the high rate of maternal mortality in the state despite efforts by government to stem the trend.

The Daily Post, Wales
Sunday 22nd March 2009

The Daily Post Campaign to prevent maternal deaths
A host of celebrity mums joined the Prime Minister’s wife to launch a campaign aimed at raising awareness of mothers around the world dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

The International News, Pakistan
Thursday 19th March 2009

The International News ‘Three women die every hour due to pregnancy-related complications’
At least three women die every hour in Pakistan due to pregnancy-related complications, while 30,000 women die every year in the country for the same reasons.

Express News Service
Saturday 7th March 2009

Express News Service Maternal mortality on the rise in Sonepur
Maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Sonepur has registered a sharp rise.

Friday 6th March 2009

GantDaily.com World Bank Says Bangladesh Needs To Halve Maternal Mortality To Achieve Millennium Development GoalBangladesh needs to halve its maternal mortality ratio by 2015 to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a new World Bank report said.

La Estrella, Panama
Wednseday 4th March 2009

La Estrella, Panama Maternal mortality high in Comarca Ngobe-Bugle
70 indigenous women die for every 100,000 births due to lack of medical attention.

7th Space Interactive, Press Release
Friday 27th February 2009

7th Space Interactive Leveraging human capital to reduce maternal mortality in India: enhanced public health system or public-private partnership?
Developing countries are currently struggling to acheive the Millenium Development Goal Five of reducing maternal mortality by three quarters between 1990 and 2015.

Reuters, UK
Wednesday 18th February 2009

Reuters, UK India grapples with high maternal death rate
Every year about 78,000 mothers die in childbirth and from complications of pregnancy in India, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ghanaweb.com, Ghana
Wednesday 28th January 2009

Ghanaweb.com Bosomtwe DHMT makes strides in the fight against maternal mortality
The Bosomtwe Health Management Team (DHMT) in the Ashanti Region has made strides in the fight against maternal mortality, by reducing cases over the last three years.

Khabrein.info, Afghanistan
Tuesday 27th January 2009

Khabrein.info 1,600 women die for every 100,000 births in Afghanistan
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that 1,600 women die for every 100,000 births in Afghanistan.

Daily Triumph, Nigeria
Tuesday 27th January 2009

Daily Triumph, Nigeria Maternal mortalityMaternal mortality
Maternal death refers to the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after the termination of the pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of pregnancy, or cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy, or its management; excluding death from accidental or incidental causes.

Reuters, India
Monday 26th January 2009

Reuters, India India grapples with high maternal death rate
...Every year, about 78,000 mothers die in childbirth and from complications of pregnancy in India, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Sakaal Times, Jaipur
Friday 23rd January 2009

Sakaal Times Maternal mortality rate in country at 407: UNICEF
Despite efforts to bring down maternal mortality rate (MMR) to 100 at the national level by 2010, MMR is still four times higher at 407 in the country, according to the UNICEF.

Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Tuesday 20th January 2009

Press Trust of India Uttar Pradesh has highest maternal mortality: Unicef report
The high rate of maternal mortality in India are not evenly spread across the country with Uttar Pradesh reporting the maximum number of deaths and Kerala the least.

Prensa Latina, Cuba
Sunday 18th January 2009

Prensa Latina Angola Maternal Death Rate Rockets
Angola ranks among the top ten countries with the largest maternal death tolls during delivery, says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF Press Release, New York
Tuesday 13th January 2009

UNICEF Midwife training programme aims to reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan
...Female doctors are rare in Afghanistan. Maternal deaths, on the other hand, are alarmingly frequent. With an estimated 1,800 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

AllAfrica.com, Washington
Wednesday 7th January 2009

AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Jigawa Vows to Tackle Maternal Mortality
Jigawa Stage government has donated 19 vehicles to communities for easy conveyance of pregnant women to hospitals during labour.

InTheNews.co.uk, UK
Wednesday 7th January 2009

InTheNews.co.uk Developments in tackling maternal mortality
A number of new and underutilised health technologies have been identified by experts that could be used to reduce maternal mortality in developing countries.

UNICEF 1 in 76: The lifetime risk of maternal death in developing countries as compared to 1 in 8000 in industrialized countries
A review of recent evidence shows that while a number of middle-income countries have made progress in reducing maternal deaths, less progress has been achieved in low-income countries, particularly in sub- Saharan Africa.