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Maternal & neonatal deaths

14th March 2007

Politicians from the developed and developing world met in London ahead of Mother's Day on March 18 to discuss ways to prevent deaths of mothers and babies.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement that four million babies die each year within the first 28 days of life, and a further 3.3 million are stillborn.

"Every minute, somewhere in the world a mother dies from complications in pregnancy and childbirth," the WHO said.

Delegates from countries including Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Tajikistan have called for a global action plan which integrates skilled healthcare at every birth, community involvement, global monitoring networks and better infrastructure.

World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador Liya Kebede said: "So many mothers across the globe don't have access to basic health needs and many are deprived of skilled care before, during and after birth."


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