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Fewer Women Gave Birth In Health Facilities During Ebola Epidemic In Liberia, Study Shows

TIME: Ebola Took a Toll on Maternal Health: Study
“…In a new report published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, researchers looked at the results of a survey conducted by the nonprofit Last Mile Health in Rivercess County, Liberia, a rural area where Ebola transmission was limited and where the health facilities stayed open during the outbreak. … The researchers looked at the odds that women gave birth in a health care facility before the outbreak compared to during, and found a 30 percent drop in health facility births. Since the region the researchers surveyed wasn’t as hard hit by Ebola compared to other places, the researchers argue the drop in births in health care facilities is likely greater in other areas…” (Sifferlin, 8/2).