Pregnant women a priority for health services in Myanmar.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Pregnant women (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: Nov, 2008 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 32
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Myanmar Geographic Code: 9MYAN Myanmar
Accession Number: 192393432
Full Text: In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the risk factors for pregnant women have increased. The country has a maternal mortality ratio of 383 deaths per 100,000 live births, but it is expected that this will have gone up following the widespread destruction of homes, transport and medical services. Pregnant women are among those in the greatest danger during humanitarian emergencies, with poor nutrition and lack of access to safe delivery. UNFPA estimated that 4,400 women would give birth each month in the Ayeyarwady Delta, of whom 440 would experience complications and 220 would require caesarean sections. But Nargis damaged almost 75% of health facilities in the affected townships, mostly primary health centres, including station hospitals, rural health centres and sub-centres, where most women give birth. Hospitals account for only a small number of births in the country. UNFPA, with the Myanmar Medical Association, has hired additional doctors and dispatched supplies to the affected area. Tens of thousands of clean delivery kits have been distributed, and maternity waiting homes have been opened where women who live far away can stay while awaiting delivery. (1)

(1.) Myanmar: Pregnant women a priority for health services. IRIN News, 11 August 2008.
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