Maternal health

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Pregnant women at risk in Malawi as drug shortage prevents caesareans
Patients travelling long distances to find surgery cancelled as lack of anaesthetics shuts operating theatres in half of hospitals

Charles Pensulo in Lilongwe

22, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Texas anti-abortion law shows ‘terrifying’ fragility of women’s rights, say activists
Campaigners fear ban emboldens anti-choice governments as more aggressive opposition, better organised and funded, spreads from US

Lizzy Davies

18, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Taliban are not the only threat to Afghanistan. Aid cuts could undo 20 years of progress
The most vulnerable people will bear the cost of sanctions, as services and the economy collapse

Kevin Watkins

11, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Delivering babies in a Nigerian camp: ‘I’ve had to use plastic bags as gloves’
After seeing a woman die in childbirth, Liyatu Ayuba stepped in and has now delivered 118 babies in a community cut off from public health services

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

03, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Nepal sees huge rise in maternal deaths as Covid keeps women at home
Health workers fear deaths could reach levels not seen this century as women miss check-ups and opt for home births to avoid catching the

Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu

15, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘I refuse to visit his grave’: the trauma of mothers caught in Israel-Gaza conflict
Many women have lost children, been separated from newborns or are unable to breastfeed and bond with their babies because of the war

Stefanie Glinski in Gaza

30, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds
Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently needed

Liz Ford

06, May, 2021 @6:15 AM

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Lack of skin-to-skin care for small and premature babies hits survival rates
Life-saving techniques fall out of favour on maternity wards in developing countries over Covid fears

Karen McVeigh

18, Mar, 2021 @4:19 PM

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Lagos traffic creating 'life or death' situations for women trying to reach hospital – report
Study of pregnant women travelling to health facilities found journeys took up to four times longer than online maps suggested

Kate Hodal

02, Feb, 2021 @8:00 AM

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How does a pregnant woman get to hospital when there's no road? By stretcher ...
Women from the mountains of Uttarakhand in India have been guaranteed palanquins so that they can reach vital transport

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi

17, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'Lives have been lost': Pregnant women in Zimbabwe forced to pay bribes when giving birth
Two women took Harare authorities to court to force them to reopen 42 maternity clinics

Nyasha Chingono in Harare

03, Nov, 2020 @7:15 AM

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Uganda court rules government must prioritise maternal health in 'huge shift'
Ruling is result of lawsuit filed over deaths in childbirth of two women due to staff negligence and lack of facilities

Samuel Okiror in Kampala

21, Aug, 2020 @11:29 AM

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