maternalmortalityafghanistan

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  Afghan Ministry of Public Health                                                                                             Centers for                                                                                                                         Disease Control                                                                                                                         and Prevention Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan: Magnitude, Causes, Risk Factors and Preventability Summary Findings 6 November 2002 STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 16:30 hrs GMT WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2002 Linda Bartlett, MD, MHSc, Sara Whitehead, MD, MPH, Chadd Crouse, MSc., Sonya Bowens, MSc., US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shairose Mawji, BN, MPH, Denisa Ionete, MBBS, Peter Salama, MBBS, MPH UNICEF
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Introduction For over two decades, Afghanistan has been challenged by war, drought, famine and civil instability, which have decimated the infrastructure necessary for a healthy, stable and productive society. When a community is faced with such challenges, its women and children are often the most vulnerable. Women in Afghanistan have been particularly vulnerable to limited health care access because of several factors. These factors include restricted mobility and reduced numbers of female health care providers and of health care facilities that treat women. As a result, for Afghan women, the risk of death from complications of pregnancy or childbirth (maternal deaths) is very high. To help prevent further maternal deaths, UNICEF Afghanistan requested technical assistance from CDC’s reproductive health program to conduct a study about maternal mortality. This report summarizes the results of this study, including the magnitude of maternal mortality, causes of maternal deaths, and an assessment of preventability. This study is a collaboration between the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF and CDC. Findings from the study will be used to guide maternal health programs and services in Afghanistan. Methods From March to July, 2002, a women’s mortality survey was conducted in four provinces in Afghanistan. The study consisted of two stages: 1) identifying deaths among women of reproductive age ( 15-49 years old); and 2) investigating these women’s deaths. 1
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The study was conducted in four provinces: Kabul, Laghman, Kandahar and Badakshan. These provinces were selected to represent a spectrum of urban to rural development, as an indicator of access to health care providers and facilities. In each province, one district was selected, and within this district villages were selected. For the first stage of the study, death
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