Babycatcher. Read her, please. I know I talked about this blog before but for me, not just as a midwife but also a Mother, this blogger, with her personal reflections, has made the terrible perinatal and maternal outcomes in Africa and other ‘third world countries’ more real than press reports ever have.
Slightly more than one half of the maternal deaths (270,000) occurred in the sub-Saharan Africa region, followed by South Asia (188,000). Together, these two regions accounted for 86 per cent of the world’s maternal deaths in 2005.
Eleven countries accounted for almost 65 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2005. India had the largest number (117,000), followed by Nigeria (59,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (32,000) and Afghanistan (26,000).
I cannot begin to express my feelings of utter helplessness, and anger, huge anger.