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Lack Of Training, Access To Medical Facilities Hamper Maternal, Newborn Health In Guinea

The Guardian: Giving birth in Guinea: a life or death lottery bereft of midwives and medicine
“…Doko [health center’s] midwives have not had any training in 20 years. If they had, they might have known how to give the baby who died mouth to mouth resuscitation or proper compressions. Thousands of babies die from preventable causes each year. One of the things that the response to Ebola brought was medical supplies, the like of which had not been seen in a generation. … Even when staff do know how to use [supplies], obstetric equipment does not solve a problem many women have — getting to a clinic…” (Maclean, 8/30).

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