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/)
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