Emergency and essential surgical care

Pregnancy-related complications

Pregnancy-related complications

Every day, 800 women die from complications of childbirth. A pregnant woman from a developing country is 36 times more likely to suffer from pregnancy-related complications compared with a pregnant woman from a developed country.

The leading causes of death in developing countries are severe bleeding, hypertension, sepsis, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour, for which simple, life-saving, and cost-effective treatment exists.

The WHO EESC program works with its partners towards maternal and child health by providing technical guidelines, training materials on the management of obstetric emergencies, best practice protocols on female genital injury management and obstetric safety, and data on the capacity of district hospitals to provide emergency obstetric care.

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