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Haiti is faced with sudden rise in birth rate

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d175 (Published 12 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d175
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

On top of its other problems Haiti is struggling, a year after the earthquake that left more than a million people homeless, to cope with a substantial rise in the birth rate.

The United Nations Population Fund said that by last August the number of pregnancies in the capital had tripled from pre-earthquake levels and that since November many maternity wards in hospitals and in temporary facilities have been overwhelmed.

“It’s normal to get this kind of peak after a crisis,” said Igor Bosc, the fund’s spokesman in Haiti. “And we would expect it to drop back to normal in a few months.”

In April the fund plans to …

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