Soundings

We know why they die

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7037.1044 (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1044
  1. James Owen Drife

    Last month I was photographed in front of the Taj Mahal. All British tourists pose soulfully on Princess Di's bench, but our giggles were soon stifled by the beauty of the building. It commemorates a queen who, in 1630, died in childbirth. In 1996 over 100000 Indian women will do the same.

    Later, in a Delhi conference hall filled with obstetricians, a small Indian doctor in a green sari asked us to imagine a jumbo crashing every 30 hours. She pointed out that India has world class hospitals and many doctors. The problem of maternal mortality lies in primary care.

    About 40% of the deaths …

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