Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

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  • 10 facts on midwifery
    Worldwide, approximately 350 000 women die every year due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications. Many maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented if competent midwives assist women before, during and after childbirth.
  • 10 facts on obstetric fistula
    Each year between 50 000 to 100 000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal. The development of obstetric fistula is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labour.
  • 10 facts on maternal health
    More than half a million women die every year of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths can be avoided as the necessary medical interventions exist and are well known.

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Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA)
World Health Organization
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