What have you done in the past 30 minutes?
In that amount of time at least one women in Afghanistan bled to death while trying to give birth.
During the past 24 hours? Around 53 women in Afghanistan died while giving birth.
“One woman dies every 27 minutes in Afghanistan due to complications in childbirth” according to a report in Reuters recently.
In Afghanistan there are no cars or real roads available to women in rural areas. And clinics are hours or days away. Even if women manage to get to one before its too late – many clinics don’t have doctors or the necessary medical equipment to save these women’s lives.
This is a country where many girls marry and give birth as young as 13. Many are malnourished and anemic.
“Among the prime complications of childbirth in Afghanistan are bleeding, infection, hypertension and obstructed labour.”
There are few women doctors, nurses and midwifes, as many young women get very little if any education. And many men don’t want “their women” to be examined by male doctors.
Overall “about 1,600 Afghan women die in childbirth out of every 100,000 live births. In some of the most remote areas, the death rate is as high as 6,500″.
Yet most of these death could be prevented with access to basic medical care.
See video from Reuters:
You might have noticed the woman at the clinic who looked like she could have been in her seventies, and yet was young enough to be having a baby. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in conditions that would cause a person to age that quickly.
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