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Maternal, Newborn Deaths Up In Sierra Leone, As Women Forego Prenatal Care, Birth In Health Centers Over Ebola Fears, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Baby, maternal deaths soar in Sierra Leone on Ebola fear — researchers
“…Deaths of women during or just after childbirth rose by almost a third and those of newborns by a quarter between May 2014 and April 2015 compared with the previous year, a study by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) found. The number of women giving birth at health centers fell by 11 percent, and those receiving care before or after birth fell by around a fifth, despite most facilities across Sierra Leone being functional and adequately staffed, the study said…” (Guilbert, 10/6).

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