Posted in Cambodia, News, tagged access, Cambodia, child mortality, clean water, communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, inequities, malaria, malnutrition, maternal death, maternal health, maternal mortality, road traffic accidents, rural health, sanitation, stunting, TB, vaccine preventable diseases on March 25, 2010 |
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Cambodian News reports that while Cambodia’s health system has improved over the past decade, maternal mortality has seen no real improvement.
“Cambodia’s health system has improved over the past decade resulting in significant reduction of child mortality, reduction of mortality and morbidity due to communicable diseases such as HIV/ AIDS, TB and malaria, vaccine preventable diseases, and improvement in fertility rate and life expectancy.
Despite these improvements, Cambodia still faces challenges. There has been no improvement in maternal mortality (472 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005); the lack of sanitation and access to clean water are continuing problems; the level of malnutrition is high (stunting at 37% among children under 5); chronic non-communicable diseases and injuries from road traffic accidents are on the increase; and significant inequalities in health outcomes between the rich and the poor, and urban and rural.
High level of out-of-pocket expenditure leads to problems of affordability in accessing services. In addition there are physical constraints to access for remote, and rural populations…”
Read the full story, Improvements in Health Services for the Poor.
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Posted in Argentina, News, tagged abortion, abortion complications, adolescents, Argentina, Buenos Aires, HIV/AIDS, illegal abortion, inequities, Latin America, maternal death, maternal health, maternal mortality, MDG5, UN, UNFPA, United Nations on March 24, 2010 |
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The Latin American Herald Tribune reports on a new study by UNFPA that highlights the incidence of maternal deaths, the frequency of abortion, and the concentration of new HIV cases among the most marginalized sector of the Argentine population.
The Latin American Herald Tribune
“…The maternal mortality rate remains ‘relatively elevated in relation to the available health services in the country.’
The study, presented at the U.N. Information Center in Buenos Aires, adds that complications from abortion over the past 15 years have remained the main cause of maternal deaths.
But given that induced abortion is illegal in Argentina, ‘its magnitude can only be estimated by indirect means,’ which show that voluntary terminations of pregnancy oscillate between 372,000 and 522,000 per year.
Among the main victims are the teenage members of the population, the fertility rates for whom show ‘many disparities’ when one compares Argentina’s impoverished north with the main urban centers…”
Read the full story, UN Report Highlights Inequality in Argentina.
For additional information on maternal mortality in Argentina, click here.
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