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Haiti reconstruction is failing to reduce maternal mortality, report warns

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5626
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Lack of access to reproductive and maternal healthcare in Haiti is causing additional suffering for vulnerable women and girls still displaced after the earthquake in January 2010, warns a report from Human Rights Watch.

The charity finds that recovery efforts have failed to adequately meet the needs of women and girls, particularly their rights to health and security, despite developments in other health services.

“More than a year and a half after the earthquake, some women and girls give birth unattended on the muddy floors of tents or trade sex for food without any protection from unwanted pregnancy,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director …

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