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Ebola Epidemic Spurred Health System Improvements, Focus On Reducing Maternal Mortality In Sierra Leone

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Feature — Ebola lessons spur on Sierra Leone’s fight against maternal deaths
“…Maternal and child deaths spiked as a result [of the Ebola epidemic], and the country’s maternal mortality rate soared to 1,360 deaths per 100,000 births last year from 1,100 in 2013, U.N. data shows. The government and the United Nations say they have learnt lessons from the Ebola epidemic, which sparked a fresh drive to improve the health system — on which less than 10 percent of the state budget is spent — and reduce maternal deaths…” (Guilbert, 9/13).

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