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IPS Examines Obstetric Fistula In Southern Senegal

Inter Press Service News Agency examines the prevalence of obstetric fistula in the southern region of Senegal. According to state reproductive health officials in the town of Kolda, 58 percent of births take place at home without medical assistance.

‘Impossible’ For Pakistan To Achieve Maternal, Infant MDGs, Doctors Say

Doctors at a seminar at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday said that at the current rate, it will be impossible for Pakistan to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child mortality and maternal health by 2015, the International News reports.

Lancet Articles Address Variety Of Global Health Issues

Health Community Should Welcome Human Rights Community’s Help With Reducing Maternal Deaths Efforts by the human rights community to reach the 2015 U.N. Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters “should be welcomed by the health community,” according to a Lancet editorial. “The health community must be willing…

Namibia Close To Reaching Some MDGs

Namibia’s recently released second MDG Report 2008 finds that the country is making progress toward achieving some of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.

Also In Global Health News: Children With HIV/AIDS; Leishmaniasis Treatment; ITNs In Tanzania; U.S. Malaria Fight; PEPFAR Safe Injection Funds

IRIN Examines Hardships Facing Parents, Guardians Of Children Living With HIV/AIDS IRIN examines the hardships parents and guardians of the estimated 170,000 Kenyan children currently infected with HIV often face. “Caregivers face the dilemma of how to disclose status to … [HIV-positive] children, and to whom,” as well as other…

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts ‘Landmark’ Maternal Mortality Resolution

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a “landmark resolution” acknowledging that “preventable maternal mortality and morbidity” is a human rights issue and that national and international efforts to protect women worldwide should be scaled up, the Hudson Valley Press Online reports.

Reproductive Health Bill Could Reduce Maternal Mortality In Philippines

The number of Filipino “women who die yearly due to childbirth and pregnancy complications has doubled in the last four years,” and a reproductive health bill opposed by some lawmakers and stalled in Congress could address this rise in maternal mortality, health groups say, ABS-CBN News reports.

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