Maternal mortality (MMR) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from the highest MMR at 920 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, followed by South Asia, with an MMR of 500. This compares with an MMR of 8 in industrialized countries. Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities. Young girls face a higher risk of complications and death as a result of pregnancy than other women.
Amref Health Africa in partnership with Comic Relief is working to improve the quality of health services available to mothers in Uganda by refurbishing medical facilities, training nurses and midwives, and engaging in community outreach to provide education with the aim of increasing the number of pregnant women who utilize the facilities that are already available.
Skilled care before, during, and after childbirth can save the lives of women and new born babies. Life For African Mothers is an
organization that focuses its works in affected areas which include Chad, D.R Congo, Liberia, Northern Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, and Somaliland. They provide midwifery training and lifesaving medications for mothers and babies to combat loss of life due to post-partum haemorrhage and seizures.
Clinic At A Time partners with clinics in North-western Ethiopia to enhance and expand existing facilities, deliver medical supplies to clinics serving rural and impoverished communities, and to provide education and training to established health professionals.
Source: UNICEF, WHO and Amref
Edited by: Pa Modou Faal
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