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MONTREAL and BAMAKO, MALI -- In the hope of reducing maternal mortality in a region where 1 woman in 31 loses her life as she carries or gives birth to her baby*, a workshop has been organized in Mali today by the Global Health Initiative of the University of Montreal Superhospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the Government of Mali's Ministry of Health. Since 2006, researchers affiliated with the CRCHUM, the University of Montreal and the University of Bamako have led a research programme that comprehensively and intensively analyses the various why so many of these deaths are happening in the Kayes region of Mali. The results of this study should enable the implementation of practical solutions.
Time is the greatest enemy of these women, the research team discovered. Armed with accounts provided by 240 women who had survived an obstetrical emergency and a further 240 accounts provided by the families of women who had not, the team was able to identify three types of delays in the delivery of critical treatment thanks to the leadership of Dr. Mamadou Traor, Dr. Alexandre Dumont and Dr. Pierre Fournier, a scientist affiliated with the International Health Unit. The 480 dramatic and overwhelming stories enabled the researchers to reconstruct their obstacle-strewn ordeals.
The study revealed that women hesitate to consult a doctor when the people who surround them family or traditional midwife do not recognize the signs of an obstetrical emergency. "It's difficult to overestimate the importance of the enemy of time when emergency care is required. Although they could have easily been cured, many women hesitate and die as a result," said Dr. Fournier. This is what the researchers classify as the "first delay."
The study of this first delay revealed that the likelihood that a woman will surv
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