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TitleGetting it right : improving maternal health through water, sanitation and hygiene
Publication TypeResearch Report
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsShordt, K, Smet, E, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague, NL
Pagination31 p.; 3 fig.; photographs
Date Published2012-09-01
Place PublishedHaarlem, The Netherlands
Keywordsmaternal health, morbidity, mortality

Each year 290,000 women die from complications during pregnancy, birth and the neonatal period; and, an estimated 10 to 20 million women suffer from related health complications. Almost 90% of the maternal deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Much of this is preventable through practices that have long been established. Maternal mortality has decreased by one-third over the past 20 years, in part related to increase in safe deliveries by skilled personnel, reduced fertility and antenatal care. However, these substantial improvements have not benefited rich and poor alike. The burden of mortality and morbidity falls disproportionately on the poor and remains a great challenge in our world. [authors abstract]


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