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Vesico-vaginal fistula. The burden of maternal ill-health.
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PMID:  12322286     Owner:  PIP     Status:  MEDLINE    
The problem of maternal ill-health is growing all over the world, especially in developing countries. Data from the international workshop on vesico-vaginal fistulae cited that there are 2 million women suffering from fistulae, 200,000 of them in Nigeria. In response to this crisis, fistula-treating hospitals have been set up and training of doctors is taking place in several countries in Africa. However, maternal morbidity and mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa are not decreasing. This situation is mainly attributed to poverty, wherein the basic essentials such as food, water, and sanitation are lacking. Yet, a number of health care providers are doing their job very well. Noteworthy, for instance, is the introduction of well supervised, trained traditional birth attendants, which resulted in a decline in maternal mortality in a rural area in Nigeria; clinics that have been staffed by trained midwives and follow strict protocol guidelines; health care programs that have provided better education, better antenatal care, and better use of community health workers in Ethiopia; and the building of maternity waiting homes near maternity hospitals for women considered to be at risk.
J Kelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Safe motherhood     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1014-952X     ISO Abbreviation:  Safe Mother     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-04     Completed Date:  2000-01-04     Revised Date:  2012-05-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9885332     Medline TA:  Safe Mother     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5, 7     Citation Subset:  J    
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MeSH Terms
Delivery of Health Care
Developing Countries
Health Services
Maternal Health Services*
Maternal Mortality*
Maternal Welfare*
Maternal-Child Health Centers
Population Dynamics
Primary Health Care

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