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November 2008 News Archive

Afrique En Ligne UNFPA tasks Nigeria on maternal mortality
The UNFPA has tasked Nigeria to address its high maternal mortality rate, put at 800 deaths out of 100,000 mothers at birth yearly, in order to hasten its development.
Australia Broadcasting Corporation Australia seeks focus on Pacific maternal deaths
The Australian government’s international development chief says overcoming the Pacific’s high maternal mortality rate must become a priority.
Medecins Sans Frontieres Pregnant Women Desperate for Free Emergency Care in Haiti
...Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Despite the Ministry of Health receiving funding in February 2008 to implement a free obstetric care program in the country, a system of cost recovery continues. Babies and mothers are dying unnecessarily, partially because authorities are too slow to apply the free program and some hospitals are too reluctant to implement it.