Demand Dignity: Dying too young: Maternal mortality claims the life of one woman every minute
MORE THAN HALF A MILLION WOMEN DIE NEEDLESSLY EACH YEAR FROM COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH – ONE EVERY MINUTE. MOST OF THESE DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY HIGH-QUALITY ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE AND TIMELY MEDICAL CARE.
Many women die in terrible pain. Some are in their homes, untended by anyone with medical skills. Some die while trying to get to hospital, on foot, in cars, on motorbikes. Some die in hospital beds, because they reached the hospital too late or because they did not get the treatment they needed in time.
The vast majority – more than 95 per cent – are poor and come from developing countries, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). In developed countries, women who belong to racial or ethnic minorities sometimes face greater barriers than others in gaining access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Full report available here: www.amnesty.org/library/asset/ACT35/005/2009/en/b7bce2bd-0598-4ff7-a804-ad43213adeb1/act350052009en.pdf