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Maternal and abortion related deaths in Bangladesh, 1978-1979.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6119248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incidence and causes of pregnancy-related deaths are unknown for most of Asia; only local area studies have been done for Bangladesh. Between December 1978 and May 1979, we interviewed 118 health workers in 63 hospitals and 732 non-hospital facilities to identify case reports of maternal and abortion-related deaths in Bangladesh. Of 1933 pregnancy-related deaths identified, 498 (25.8%) were due to induced abortion. Abortion mortality rates varied significantly in the 18 administrative districts; the highest were in Dinajpur and Chittagong, the most northern and southern districts, and the lowest in Comilla and Noakhali. We used an earlier study of maternal mortality to estimate that about 21,600 pregnancy-related deaths occur each year in Bangladesh. We estimate that about 7.5% of all pregnancy-related deaths were identified in this survey. We infer from these data that safe and effective fertility control, including abortion performed by adequately trained health workers in both in- and out-patient facilities, might be the most appropriate first step in preventing pregnancy-related deaths in Bangladesh.
R W Rochat; S Jabeen; M J Rosenberg; A R Measham; A R Khan; M Obaidullah; P Gould
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1981 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-03-13     Completed Date:  1982-03-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-64     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / mortality*
Abortion, Spontaneous / mortality*
Health Facilities
Interviews as Topic
Maternal Mortality*
Middle Aged
Rural Population

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