WHO Calls for Improved Access to Postnatal Care
World Health Organization says governments in developing countries must make access to postnatal care a priority to significantly reduce the mortality rate of women and infants. According to the report, 800 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth each day,and an estimated 3 million newborns die yearly. In an interview with VOA, Etienne Langlois, the study’s lead author, explained that socioeconomic, geographic, and demographic inequities make it difficult for women, especially in poor, rural communities, to access and use life-saving postnatal care interventions. The study assesses inequities that make it difficult for women to access services around the world. Data from 15 countries in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia, including China, connect the dots between the lack of postnatal care and the consequent deaths of mother and child.