Wednesday, November 14, 2007

UN Millenium Development Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health


By Tiina Mustakangas-Laukka

More than half a million girls and women in developing countries die of complications connected to pregnancy and delivery. It is the most common reason for 15-19 –year-old girls to die. Half of them give birth to a child without any professional help. And while the average age for giving birth to a first child in our country is 28 years, in developing countries half of the 18-year-old girls are mothers.

Would you dare to dream about having a child if pregnancy and delivery were extremely serious health risks? How many children were born in your city last year? How many maternity clinics do you have in your city? How many people work for them? How has your country been able to decrease the maternal mortality? Which improvements could decrease the maternal mortality in developing countries? Can we do anything to help? (The Ministry for Foreign Affairs. http://www.vuosituhattavoitteet.fi/)

6 comments:

medinahaukipudas said...

By Petra Leskinen & Katja Manninen

We wouldn’t dream about being pregnant or become pregnant in a place where we know it’s seriously dangerous for our health. It’s so risky and there could be more disadvantages than benefits.
There should be more obstetricians in developing countries. Mothers’ health should be checked more often, so that this maternal mortality would decrease. We could help them with sending doctors and nurses to teach how to help mothers with delivery. We should share more acknowledge about this issue.
We think that they should improve education, so that young girls could study instead of becoming pregnant. And also, we should give them possibilities to go to work. It’s common that they give birth to many children in order to secure their future. Contraception should be better. In Finland birth rate is 0,8 %, so it’s very low.

Niko Karonen said...

In third world countries guidance centers are rare and they don’t look after the mothers once a month like in Finland. Then unborn babies can get sick and so does the mother. This could lead to babies or mothers dead. If there would be better healthcare, doctors could anticipate baby’s and mothers diseases. And if there would be better hygiene in operating room there wouldn’t be so much maternal mortality.

heidi said...

Don`t they know how dangerous is be pregnency without professional help?Or is the main proplem that they can`t say no to husband.I think big proplem in this case is non-existing equality.It effect for everything there.If mother die what happen then if she have kids at home?I can`t imagine being pregnency without professional help.

chantavia brown said...

will all these things that are taking place are really hurting different ones and the one that are stuffering with whatever the issuse maybe. if they could like give more madication for such things like these diseases, that may stop the different things from spreading and everyone can live in peace and be healthy.

Helena said...
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amo said...

It must be difficult for mothers in developing countries to change their traditions. As it has been for decades already, families don't mind having many children. Many children die and because of that there have to be other children to protect and take care of their parents in their old days. If we just could help them have better helthcare and knowledge about it, that would probably help them a lot!
- by Laura and Helena