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April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"99.96 per cent deliveries are performed with the help of professional staff. One in seven women in BiH delivers by Caesarean section (14 per cent), which is a trend on a rise" (33).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China

"[Macau] Access to information on family planning, contraception, and prenatal care was widely available, as was skilled attendance at delivery and postpartum care" (page 135).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus

"Mothers are given breastfeeding advice and health visitors go to homes free of charge . . . Women in childbearing years: In each rural health centre, health visitors provide services on family planning and maternity issues once a week. Local authorities, in partnership with local NGOs and the rural health centres, organize lectures on health education, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles, as well as lectures especially designed for women, including issues such as pregnancy, menopause, female genital mutilation, postpartum depression, etc" (29).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria

"Outside of Damascus, women reportedly had little to no regular access to contraception and maternal health services, such as skilled attendance during pregnancy and childbirth, prenatal care, or essential obstetric and postpartum care. Activists reported government detention centers did not afford medical care to women during pregnancy or birth" (para 191).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway

"The Committee is concerned that fewer than 300 midwives, providing prenatal care for more than 60,000 pregnant women annually, are available in only half of the municipalities in the State party. Postnatal care guidelines, recommending a home visit to all newborns, cannot therefore be fully implemented" (13).
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"The Ministry of Health designed specific mechanisms for early detection and appropriate management of obstetric complications, including those arising from unsafe abortions. In that regard various actors in the health sector produced and disseminated the Protocol for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion, which includes guidelines for appropriate care of abortion complications (Recommendation 3 (b))" (32). "A Clinical Safety Model for Emergency Obstetric Care has been implemented as a set of tools for continuous improvement of health institutions within the System of Compulsory Quality Assurance, through which regular assessment is conducted of the network of services available for the care of obstetric emergencies of high and medium complexity, validating and implementing the...more
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights 2013 report on the Status of Women’s Rights in the Context of Socio-Economic Changes in the DPRK found that the birth of a baby with disabilities--regardless of circumstances--was considered a 'curse,' and doctors lacked training to diagnose and treat such persons" (22).
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan

"Medical care for women during pregnancy, delivery and the postnatal period is provided free of charge and covers proper care and nutrition, including for nursing mothers until the child reaches the age of 1, throughout the in-hospital period. In addition, a national screening programme is in operation for early detection of diseases with full coverage of target population groups, in the framework of which it is envisaged that the diagnosis of congenital and hereditary diseases in the foetus and newborn child will be improved. Effective perinatal technologies have been introduced, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) (safe childbirth, demedicalization of deliveries, accompanied deliveries, timely and high-quality primary resuscitation...more
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"Although skilled attendance at birth was more than 90 percent, the UN Population Fund estimated maternal mortality to be 130 deaths per 100,000 live births. Women had easier access to emergency services in the coastal area than in the interior, where regional clinics were remote and transportation to Paramaribo for medical services could be expensive and long" (12).
March 7, 2019, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"Births in cells are thought to be rare, although nobody knows exactly how many occur or even how many prisoners are pregnant because neither the Ministry of Justice nor the NHS collects the data. But the lack of direct access, even on the phone, to a midwife for a women who thinks she is in labour makes it a risk. Prison nursing staff are not often trained to know when a woman is in labour, nor to cope with emergency deliveries if they cannot get the woman to hospital in time" (4). "At 11pm she began to have contractions, she said. By midnight they were getting stronger and she called...more
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania

"The World Health Organization estimated the maternal mortality rate to be 602 per 100,000 live births. This high rate was due to lack of medical equipment, low participation by mothers in programs promoting prenatal care, births without the assistance of health professionals, poor sanitary conditions during birth, and maternal malnutrition. According to UNICEF, skilled health personnel attended approximately 64.5 percent of births. The AFCF stressed that these deficiencies applied in particular to poor women or to those from traditionally lower castes, such as slaves and former slaves, who often lacked access to contraception, obstetric and postpartum care, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The Mauritanian Association for the Health of...more
March 5, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia

"Skilled medical personnel attended 99 percent of births, and women generally had access to postpartum care. Local and international NGOs confirmed that hospitals prevented refugee mothers from removing their newborn children from the hospital until they paid the hospital bill" (23).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar

Recent improvements to the Women’s Hospital include the addition of new observation units and expansion of the maternal-fetal unit, which provides services to women with high-risk pregnancies (53).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan

"92% of women age 15-49 who had a live birth in the 5 years preceding the survey received antenatal care from a skilled provider for their most recent birth. Approximately two-thirds of women had four or more antenatal care visits (64%) and received care in the first trimester of pregnancy (67%). . . Almost all pregnant women who received antenatal care for their most recent birth had their blood pressure measured (99%) and had urine and blood samples taken (98% each). Forty-four percent of pregnant women took iron supplements, while only 2% took intestinal parasite drugs. . . Nine in 10 births (88%) take place in a health facility, and...more
Feb. 26, 2019, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Peru

"Twenty years ago, eight out of 10 women in Churcampa gave birth at home, with help only from relatives or unskilled birth attendants... But things are different now. Today, 95 per cent of deliveries in the province take place at the Churcampa Health Centre, and maternal health has greatly improved" (para. 3 - 4).
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"With regard to appropriate services in connection with pregnancy, confinement and the post-natal period, as well as adequate nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, article 14 of Act No. 15/013 of 1 August 2015 on means of giving effect to women’s rights and gender parity provides that ‘the State shall guarantee to women, during pregnancy, confinement and the post-natal period, adequate health-care services at reduced cost, within reasonable distances and, where appropriate, free of charge, as well as earned social and employee benefits’" (10). "As a result, the maternal mortality rate was reduced to 549 per 100,000 births in 2011, as compared to 1,289 per 100,000 live births in 2001; 88...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali

"Women’s ability to make decisions regarding reproduction was limited, and many lacked information on sexual and reproductive health. Women faced pressure to defer to their husbands and family on reproductive matters, including the number, spacing, and timing of pregnancies. Women often did not have access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth, including essential obstetric and postpartum care. . . . Many women and girls gave birth at home with only family members present. The 2013 DHS indicated skilled health personnel attended 55 percent of births" (page 21).
Feb. 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"National health-care protocols require that women be offered postpartum care and counseling on methods and services related to family planning. The government offered special programs to meet the needs of vulnerable target groups, such as adolescents, internally displaced persons, urban migrants, persons in prostitution, and the very poor. In many remote villages, however, reproductive health-care services were nonexistent. Where remote services were available, the rugged terrain, inadequate roads, or lack of transport made them nearly inaccessible" (Pg 25).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"According to the UN Population Fund’s 2015 Trends in Maternal Mortality Report, the country had a maternal mortality rate estimated at 725 per 100,000 live births, and a woman’s lifetime risk of maternal death was one in 28. Reducing maternal mortality remained a priority of the government, and activities in past years included additional training of midwives and providing incentives to pregnant women to seek prenatal care and childbirth at a hospital or clinic. Most women delivered outside of health facilities" (Pg 17).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health... identified that one in five mothers suffers from depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. A phased, five-year transformation programme, led by NHS England and backed by £365 million in funding, is underway"(27). "The Welsh Government has made £1.5m of recurrent funding available to develop community-based specialist perinatal services within every health board in Wales" (28).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia

"Nearly 49% of women had their last birth protected against neonatal tetanus" (133). "Institutional deliveries have increased from 5% in 2000 to 10% in 2011, and 26% in 2016. During the same period, home deliveries decreased from 95% in 2000 to 90% in 2011, and 73% in 2016" (133). "Seventeen percent of women and 13% of newborns received a postnatal check within the first 2 days of birth" (133). "In the 5 years before the survey, 28% of births were delivered by a skilled provider (Table 9.9). The majority of births are attended by traditional birth attendant (42%), nurses or midwives (20%) followed by doctors (6%), health extension workers (2%),...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel

"Amendment to the National Health Insurance Law, providing for fertility preservation treatments for women and girls who are to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments, in 2011" (pg. 2).
Jan. 8, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Many communities in Nepal view menstruation as 'impure,' deeming women 'untouchable' when they have their period. As a result, families force women and girls to sleep in huts away from their homes when they menstruate, a custom known as chhaupadi. Women and girls are not only banished from the home, but are also barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men" (para 2-3)."She explained that the law failed to take into account the nuances of chhaupadi in different parts of Nepal and failed to address all the 45 restrictions that come with the practice, which include a ban on bathing and restrictions to women’s diets, they are only allowed...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos

"Ministry of Health supports and monitors the implementation of mother’s, newborn’s and child’s integrated health care; provision of quality and effective services, mobilization of individuals, families and communities in promoting health and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDs, malaria and others; dissemination of gender mainstreaming into health care service for staff of health care facilities, focusing on improvement of women’s advancement strategy in the health sector, relating and integrating this task to health projects, sex-disaggregated statistics and promoting more women in decision making positions; issuing the Decree on Supports for Delivery and Treatment of Under-5 to address obstacles to access to health care for mothers and children; implementing free of...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"The government provided essential health care for women, including skilled attendants during childbirth and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, although some rural women did not have access to these services" (page 17).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

" Skilled attendants at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available except in some rural indigenous areas" (para. 20).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

" Skilled attendants at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available except in some rural indigenous areas" (para. 20).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

During the fighting between Government army and Shan State Army (North), Government’s health workers have not only failed to provide health care service to refugees in Murng Hsu area but have also prohibited SWAN’s health workers from providing any service. In one case the government appointed midwife stationed in Hai Pa village ran away during the fighting. She came back to the village only after the fighting stopped. Then she took all the medicines that people donated for refugees to the government clinic in the village (Source: Shan Women’s Action Network) . . . Ma Tin Su, a government health worker and village tract hospital administrator based in Tha-yet-chaung Township,...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

"Healthcare investment has been so low that in rural areas one Government midwife oversees as many as 40 to 50 villages. As a result, in one survey almost two-thirds (73%) of ethnic women in Eastern Burma used traditional birth attendants when giving birth . . . Natural birth deliveries in government hospitals cost 100,000 to 300,000 Kyat (US $87.0 – US $ 260.87) and can be 400,000 Kyat once extraneous expenses are factored in. Caesarian birth deliveries cost 200,000 to 700,000 Kyat(US $173.91– US $608.7) . . . The doctor provides a list of all materials required for the procedure and the family must purchase everything before returning for the...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the high levels of malnutrition among women, in particular pregnant and lactating women, 28 per cent of whom are undernourished" (11).