Pakistan: one in 89 mothers die in childbirth

science | Oct 24, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

 

 In Pakistan, one woman out of 89 dies every day from diseases associated with pregnancy, over 500 babies die due to lack of adequate maternal and neonatal health care, particularly in the Tribal Areas of the Federal Administration (FATA), Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
 
These findings emerge from a carried out by SoSec Consulting Services in collaboration with the Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) to identify the health services in the most turbulent areas, especially for those who have limited access to medical care or no access at all.
 
Among the challenges faced by Pakistanis living in the Tribal Areas, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are natural disasters, economic and political turbulence, social inequalities and very limited mobility for women due to traditional Muslim practices. These are further complicated by a lack of transportation, a dearth of knowledge about available health services, population displacement, damaged health facilities, poverty, and the high price of private health services. These are among the causes of mortality among pregnant women and their newborn infants. Observers are calling for efforts to restore assistance, assure the dignity of women, and on improving law and order in order to mitigate the suffering of people in need. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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