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Mothers, Newborns at High Risk in Developing World
Date:1/15/2009

r, especially when it comes to the health of young children. For example, the death rate for children under the age of 5 fell by half between 1990 and 2007 in both Niger and the East African nation of Malawi. In Bangladesh, the death rate for those under 5 is now half of what it was in 1990, and Indonesia has cut that statistic to nearly a third of what it was in 1990.

Still, too many new mothers and their children are dying needlessly, UNICEF says. Better, more integrated health-care systems that link women's homes to community-based care could help improve the situation.

However, "saving the lives of mothers and their newborns requires more than just medical intervention," Stern said. "What's also essential is a stable environment that empowers women and respects their rights. In addition, educating girls and young women is one of the most fundamental ways to improve maternal and newborn health and also benefits families and societies."

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You can download a free copy of the report at UNICEF.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCE: Jan. 15, 2009, news release, UNICEF


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