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All Africa Nigeria: Modibbo Introduces Free Ante-Natal Care
To reduce high maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT administration has introduced free ante-natal care programme in all its hospitals for all classes of pregnant women beginning from August 1, 2008.

African Press Organisation Malawi / UK creates roadmap to safer motherhood in Malawi
Malawian mothers-to-be are making unusual journeys to the delivery room - by motorbike sidecar - International Development Minister Gillian Merron has discovered in Malawi.

The Daily Star WHO launches initiative to reduce maternal mortality
The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday launched an initiative to strengthen the Menstrual Regulation (MR) programme to reduce maternal mortality in Bangladesh.
Vietnam News Most maternal deaths ‘are preventable’
...Statistics from the Ministry of Public Health show that on average about 2,500 mothers die each year during pregnancy or while giving birth. In 2005, one in every 280 pregnant women died during the gestation period. Despite the alarming mortality rate, experts from the United Nations Population Fund said 99 per cent of these deaths were preventable.

All Africa Uganda: Doctors Want Abortion Made Legal
Parliament should pass a law allowing induced abortion among young school girls in the war-ravaged north to reduce the high death rate of expectant mothers, medical doctors in Gulu have appealed.

Thaindian News India to conduct ‘verbal autopsy’ of maternal deaths
All deaths in the country will be investigated and a structured report will be prepared to fix accountability in order to reduce fatalities, a health ministry official said Thursday. “We are soon going to have a verbal autopsy of all women dying during child birth”.

Modern Ghana.com Team to help reduce maternal mortality inaugurated
In an effort to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has set up a Task Team which would mobilize financial and technical resource, monitor its progress and also advice the sector minister adequately.

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Ghana: President Gives Free Medical Care for Expectant Mothers
...In her statement to parliament, MP for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Gifty Kusi said the free medicals for expectant mothers is a laudable gesture from the President and she used the opportunity to congratulate government for securing £42 million grant to help broaden the reach of medical care to pregnant women in the country. She stated that with the free medical care for pregnant women, there would be a drastic reduction in maternal mortality, which is a target set under the Millennium Development Goals.

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Nigeria: Maternal Mortality Linked to Drop in Education
A Consultant to UNFPA, Professor Pauline Otti, yesterday in Abuja, said the consistent drop in girls’ education had given rise to maternal mortality rate in the country. Otti, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said there was the dire need to educate the girl-child to reduce maternal deaths.

The Scotsman Scots women are twice as likely to die during childbirth
Scots women are more likely to die during childbirth than in any other part of western Europe, according to new figures.

The Tide Online LASG inaugurates committee on maternal mortality
The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a committee on maternal mortality to stem the alarming rate of pregnancy-related deaths and diseases in the state.

Hamilton Spectator City MD, Uganda MP fight silent killer
Every year 6,000 women in Uganda die from preventable pregnancy complications.

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