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Doubling investment in maternal health would “transform the future of developing nations”

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5095
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Maternal deaths in developing countries could be reduced by 70% and newborn deaths halved if the world doubled investment in family planning and pregnancy related care, reports research published by the Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund.

    Over half a million maternal deaths and 3.5 million newborn deaths occur each year in developing countries and many of these are preventable, says the new report.

    Currently 215 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using effective methods of contraception, and only about half of the 123 million women who give birth each year receive the antenatal, delivery, and newborn care they need, …

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