SRH WATCH

Maternal Health: Why do women not get the care they need?

Poor women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care. This is especially true for regions with low numbers of skilled health workers, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The main factors that prevent women from receiving or seeking care during pregnancy and childbirth are: poverty distance to facilities lack...
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Adolescent pregnancy: Health consequences

Early pregnancies among adolescents have major health consequences for adolescent mothers and their babies Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years globally Low- and middle-income countries account for 99% of global maternal deaths of women aged 15–49 years Adolescent mothers aged 10–19 years face higher risks of...
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Adolescent pregnancy: Key facts

At least 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years in the developing world. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15–19-year-old girls globally. Of the estimated 5.6 million abortions that occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years 9 million are unsafe, contributing...
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Maternal Health: Adolescent pregnancy

Adolescent pregnancies are more likely to occur in marginalized communities, commonly driven by poverty and lack of education and employment opportunities In many societies, girls are under pressure to marry and bear children early In least developed countries, at least 39% of girls marry before they are 18 years of age and 12% before the...
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Maternal Health: Why do women not get the care they need?

Poor women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care. This is especially true for regions with low numbers of skilled health workers, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The main factors that prevent women from receiving or seeking care during pregnancy and childbirth are: poverty distance to facilities lack...
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Maternal Health: How can women’s lives be saved?

Most maternal deaths are preventable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known. All women need access to high quality care in pregnancy, and during and after childbirth. Maternal health and newborn health are closely linked. It is particularly important that all births are attended by skilled health professionals, as timely...
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Maternal Health: Why do women die?

Women die as a result of complications during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these complications develop during pregnancy and most are preventable or treatable. Other complications may exist before pregnancy but are worsened during pregnancy, especially if not managed as part of the woman’s care. The major complications that account for nearly 75%...
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Maternal Health

Where do maternal deaths occur? The high number of maternal deaths in some areas of the world reflects inequalities in access to quality health services and highlights the gap between rich and poor. The MMR in low income countries in 2017 is 462 per 100 000 live births versus 11 per 100 000 live births in high...
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Facts and Figures on Vulnerable Groups

Facts and figures tell us a lot of things we need to know about vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children and adolescents. Mortality figures and Maternal health 94% of all maternal deaths occur in low and lower middle-income countries. Young adolescents (ages 10-14) face a higher risk of complications and death as a result...
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