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October 2008 News Acrhive

All Africa Uganda: Expectant Women Dying as Drug Expires in Stores
A life saving drug is rotting in the national medical stores and district stores as clinics in charge fail to collect them. Magnesium sulfate, a drug that is meant to be free for pregnant women, is expiring in the government stores, the Assistant Commissioner for Reproductive Health Division, Ministry of Health, Dr Anthony Mbonye, said.
All Africa Rwanda: ‘Maternal Deaths Are a Shame’
“Safe motherhood should not be an option but a responsibility of all people.” With this admonition, First Lady Jeanette Kagame last week launched the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood-Rwandan chapter.
All Africa Angola: Conditions to Reduce Maternal Death in Place
The head of the provincial department of Public Health and Endemics Control, Isilda Neves, said Monday in Luanda that all is in place for the prevention of maternal death and reduction of indexes in Angola.
All Africa Nigeria: Jigawa Tasks Female Councillors On Maternal Mortality
Disturbed by the alarming cases of mortality, the Jigawa State government has called on female councillors in the 27 local government councils to map out modalities aimed at curbing the menace.
All Africa Rwanda: Gov’t, UNFPA Discuss Maternal Mortality
The government of Rwanda together with the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA) last week called for intensive measures against maternal mortality rate in Rwanda. This was during the launch of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Rwanda that took place at Hotel Novotel, Kigali.
BBC The struggle to save Afghan mothers
...Maternal mortality, when a woman dies during or shortly after pregnancy, is believed to be the highest in the world here.

Martlett, University of Victoria, Canada Oxfam UVic addresses
The sound of a popping balloon recurred once a minute for half an hour on Sept. 22, startling many students around the Petch Fountain. The noise was part of Oxfam UVic’s Maternal Mortality Awareness event. Each popped balloon represented the one woman a minute who dies of preventable pregnancy-related disorders.