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Latest items for CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

Aug. 6, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro

“Services in maternity wards are inadequate with regard to hygienic conditions, access to pain relief, respect for privacy and adequate involvement in decisions” (11)
Aug. 3, 2018, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela

"Access to information on contraception and skilled attendance at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available" (31).
Aug. 3, 2018, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe

"The MICS reported that maternal health improved significantly between 2010 and 2014. Antenatal care attendance and skilled birth attendance increased to 94 percent and 80 percent respectively. While antenatal care attendance was almost the same between rural and urban areas, skilled birth attendance was much lower in rural areas, 75 percent compared with 93 percent in urban areas" (34).
Aug. 1, 2018, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"According to the 2014 EDHS, 90 percent of mothers received at least some antenatal care from a trained provider, and 83 percent of mothers had at least four antenatal visits. A doctor or trained nurse/midwife assisted at the delivery of 92 percent of all births with 87 percent occurring in a health facility" (39).
July 26, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"...the proportion of deliveries in health facilities was estimated at 38.8 percent. Observers estimated skilled attendance during childbirth at 44 percent but lower in rural areas, where there were few trained health workers" (17).
July 24, 2018, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The government provided free prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum services but lacked qualified health-care professionals as well as medical supplies to offer these services widely" (22-23). "Skilled health personnel attended approximately 49 percent of births" (23).
July 23, 2018, 11:52 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

"In general the government supported these rights, but reproductive service delivery was inadequate in rural areas...The country’s geography in relation to service delivery points, both between islands and more remote inland locations, sometimes made it difficult to obtain medical care. Obstacles included lack of adequate roads and the high cost of transport to reach health care facilities" (11).
July 23, 2018, 11:04 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"Authorities typically deported unmarried noncitizen workers who become pregnant. Abortion is illegal; however, authorities may make exceptions if the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother...The government did not provide antenatal care for noncitizen pregnant women" (22).
July 20, 2018, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Qatar

"Authorities imprisoned women convicted for pregnancy out of wedlock; once born, their children stayed with their mothers. Rights groups reported satisfactory conditions for women and their children in the Central Prison but criticized overcrowding in the DDC. In March, Amnesty International registered concern about availability of mental health services for female detainees as well as services for pregnant women" (3). "Licensed medical professionals attended mothers at birth, and maternal care was readily available" (17).
July 19, 2018, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"The information and means to make decisions, as well as skilled attendance during prenatal care, essential obstetric care, childbirth, and postpartum care were freely available" (24).
July 19, 2018, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia

"A local NGO that supports teenage mothers reported that social stigma and poor knowledge of reproductive health impeded young women’s access to prenatal care. Additionally, although reproductive health information was widely available, it was rarely produced in a format accessible to persons with disabilities. According to the Mongolian National Federation of Wheelchair Users, it was virtually impossible for women in wheelchairs to go to the hospital for prenatal checks, both because of a lack of physical access and negative attitudes" (18). "Additionally, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS reported that all women with HIV/AIDS must deliver children at the National Center for Communicable Diseases in Ulaanbaatar. The...more
July 18, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"...skilled attendants participated in 62 percent of births...Midwives at times had little formal training. Medical personnel also routinely mistreated and denied proper care to women who sought assistance for complications from unsafe abortions" (26).
July 18, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"The government provided free childbirth services, but their availability depended upon access to hospitals and other medical facilities in rural areas... Nurses and midwives were a critical component of prenatal and postnatal care due to a shortage of doctors. According to the NSO, skilled health-care providers assisted in 87 percent of births in 2014. There was only limited access to emergency obstetric care, however, particularly in rural areas" (17).
July 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Skilled birth attendants assisted in 56 percent of deliveries, according to the 2014 UNICEF-sponsored survey, a 20 percent increase from 2011" (30).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"In 2012, the programme 'Uruguay Grows with You' was created to meet the needs of vulnerable children under 4. It establishes a special measure for the protection of mothers and young children. Its overall objective is to develop a comprehensive early childhood protection system in order to ensure full development of children and their families, starting with protection of the pregnant woman as regards rights, equity, gender equality, social justice and full human development. To that end, it combines universal and targeted actions. (Tables 6 and 7)" (page 8).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Reports that very young girls, including babies, and women giving birth are increasingly being subjected to female genital mutilation" (page 6).
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica

"Access to information on modern contraception and skilled health attendance during pregnancy and at delivery was widely available....According to the UN Children’s Fund, 91 percent of pregnant women received quality prenatal care at least once during pregnancy, and skilled personnel delivered 97 percent of births" (12-13).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand

"Screening for HIV is a well-established part of maternity care and all pregnant women are offered screening for HIV in pregnancy as part of the first antenatal blood tests. Very few pregnant women (around one woman per year) are identified through screening; however, the universal offer is still important as testing is the only way to know if women have HIV. For those women who are found to be HIV positive, early detection leads to early treatment for the woman and enables implementation of preventative measures that reduce the chance of mother-child transmission during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding" (page 25). "Health services in New Zealand are focused on providing high-quality,...more
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa

"According to the Department of Health, the antenatal care coverage rate was 98.5 percent" (33).
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan

"The widespread use of effective perinatal technologies has made it possible to reduce prenatal and postpartum bleeding and late gestosis. The frequency of Caesarean sections in 2015 as a back-up technique for reducing the perinatal and maternal mortality rate was 9.5 percent, which did not exceed the indicators recommended by WHO (15 percent). In many facilities, neonatal mortality decreased; there was a reduction in the number of radical obstetric interventions and the use of blood products, all of which resulted in a decrease in the expenditures on drugs" (39). "Almost all births take place in maternity facilities and with the participation of qualified personnel, and the proportion of such births...more
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"The Committee notes the measures taken by the State party to improve women’s health, including the free maternity care policy of 2013 and the 'Beyond Zero' campaign" (11)
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea

"Skilled care at birth was estimated at 43 percent, mainly due to an acute shortage of midwives, poor accessibility, lack of adequate delivery facilities, and low levels of trust in public services" (16).
May 31, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Antenatal care coverage (ANC): Ninety-eight percent of women who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey received antenatal care from a skilled provider for their most recent birth. Timing and number of ANC visits: Twenty-four percent of pregnant women started antenatal care in their first trimester, and over half (51%) had four or more ANC visits as recommended. These two indicators have improved since the 2010 TDHS. Components of antenatal care: The majority of women have a blood sample taken (87%), their blood pressure measured (71%), and a urine sample collected (60%) during antenatal care. They are more likely to take iron tablets/syrup (81%) than antimalarial (71%) or...more
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands

"In 2013 skilled health personnel attended an estimated 70 percent of births" (10-11).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos

"According to UN data, skilled health personnel attended just 40 percent of births, and very few medical centers were equipped to deal with obstetric emergencies, especially in small, nomadic, and ethnic villages" (20).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...the high incidence of obstetric fistula and the limited access to antenatal, delivery and postnatal care owing to physical and economic barriers" (12-13)
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti

"However, it is concerned about the inadequate budget allocated to the health sector, particularly to maternity care, its heavy reliance on external financial support and women’s limited access to basic health services and essential obstetric care, in particular in rural areas" (12).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia

"The National Evidence-Based Antenatal Care Guidelines support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality antenatal care to healthy pregnant women...In November 2010, the Australian Government and state and territory government health ministers endorsed the National Maternity Services Plan––a national framework to guide policy and programme development across Australia for five years. It focuses on primary maternity services during the antenatal, intra-partum and postnatal periods and identifies four key priority areas: access, service delivery, workforce and infrastructure...Around one in 10 Australian women experience depression during pregnancy, and up to one in seven experience it in the year after giving birth. The National Perinatal Depression Initiative funds improved prevention and early detection of...more
April 25, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"Women had access to contraception and maternal health services, including skilled attendance during childbirth, prenatal care, and essential obstetric and postpartum care" (15).
April 23, 2018, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"The constitution stipulates that society, families, and all citizens implement 'the population and family planning program.' The law affirms an individual’s right to choose contraceptive methods; access gynecological diagnosis, treatment, and check-ups during pregnancy; and obtain medical services when giving birth at health facilities. The government generally enforced these provisions" (40).