UNICEF: Giving Birth is one of the Biggest Health Risks for Women

2/10/2009 // Women in least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications - than women in developed countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released today.

- It’s brutal that the most dangerous day in women’s life is the day they themselves give life, the Norwegian Prime Minister says in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

In September 2007 Stoltenberg, together with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown launched the International Health Partnership with the aim to save millions of lives by building better health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world, and he is glad that UNICEF has put Maternal and Newborn health on top of their agenda.

Having a child remains one of the biggest health risks for women worldwide, and this is especially true for women in least developed countries who are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, UNICEF said in the report The State of the World’s Children.

In addition, a child born in a developing country is almost 14 times more likely to die during the first month of life than a child born in a developed one.

“The divide between the industrialized countries and developing regions, particularly the least developed countries, is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue,” the report states.

 

 


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