The International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics will be releasing a report today (Tuesday 6 October 2015) stating that “more needs to be done” to reduce maternal deaths globally.
According to the report, challenges to reduce maternal deaths include cervical cancer in low-resource countries, unsafe abortions and the mothers living in South Saharan Africa with HIV infections.
Co-guest editor of the report, Dr Richard Adanu says in the report: “Our world has an unfinished agenda in women’s reproductive health.
“We need to collectively strategize [sic] to find new approaches or to persist with proven and successful interventions.”
While more could be done to reduce maternal deaths, progress has been made since the last congress meeting, according to the federation’s president Sabaratnam Arulkumaran.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, he said there was a “considerable reduction” in maternal deaths worldwide from 540 deaths per 100,000 to 280 (a 45% decline).
He also said improving emergency obstetrics, safe abortion care and contraceptive coverage can assist with the reduction of maternal deaths.
The federation has confirmed that it will be targeting 20 countries that contribute to 77% of the maternal death rate worldwide, as well as 74% of the child mortality rate.
The federation will then use these countries to focus on 9 key causes of mortality, with the view to save up to half of those lives by 2035.
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Source: CTV News
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