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“Making Every Baby Count” to prevent infant and maternal deaths

Every year, 2.7 million babies die within the first month of life and roughly the same number are stillborn, according to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As most of these deaths go unrecorded, countries cannot fully understand what action needs to be taken to prevent more infants from dying.

Dianne Penn reports on how WHO is “Making Every Baby Count.”

Duration: 2'40"

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Zika virus spreads to 18 countries

A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.

The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos.  Its most common symptoms are a mild fever and skin rash accompanied by joint or muscle pain.  It’s not thought to be fatal, but health experts becoming increasingly concerned about how the virus could affect unborn babies.

Stephanie Coutrix

UN Gender Focus: maternal mortality, hospital in Sri Lanka and role of women in peacebuilding

Impressive drop in maternal mortality rates

Maternal mortality rates worldwide have dropped by almost 44 per cent over the last 15 years. That’s according to a report released by the United Nations. The report indicates that maternal deaths around the world fell from about 532,000 in 1990, to an estimated 303,000 this year. Maternal mortality is defined as a woman’s death caused by pregnancy, childbirth or within 6 weeks of having a baby. Veronica Reeves has the story.

Sri Lankan maternity hospital reborn after 2004 tsunami