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Loss Of HCWs To Ebola In West Africa Could Increase Region’s Maternal Mortality, World Bank Warns

News outlets report on a World Bank study published in The Lancet Global Health examining the potential impacts of the West African Ebola epidemic on maternal deaths in the region.

Agence France-Presse: World Bank warns of rising maternal deaths post-Ebola
“The World Bank warned Wednesday that the loss of health care workers amid the Ebola epidemic in western Africa could increase women’s deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. … According to the report, doctors, nurses, and midwives disproportionately died in the epidemic, which has killed more than 11,200 people in the past 18 months, most of them in western Africa…” (7/8).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Loss of health staff could increase maternal mortality in Ebola-hit countries: World Bank
“More than 4,000 women could die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth in Ebola-hit countries due to the loss of doctors, nurses, and midwives to the epidemic, the World Bank said on Wednesday. The loss of health workers to Ebola could increase maternal mortality in Guinea by 38 percent, 74 percent in Sierra Leone, and more than 100 percent in Liberia, the bank said in a report…” (Caspani, 7/8).

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