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Women's medicine and mortality rates

Article - September 13, 2012
One of the key initiatives with the continuing improvement of medical care in Ghana under the Ministry of Health is reproductive and child health
In Sub-Saharan Africa the maternal mortality rate has decreased by 26% since 1990 throughout the region, although women have a one in 31 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth, and this totals 570 deaths a day. 

Ghana’s Minister of Health Alban S.K. Bagbin explains that this is an area that the country is investing in to significantly lower this number by 2015, ideally as low as 185 deaths for every 100,000 births. 

“We need to make sure we eliminate these totally needless deaths,” says Mr. Bagbin, pointing to education as a key preventative measure. “We can just do a few critical interventions in the health sector to make sure that we radically reduce the rates that we currently have.” 

The Minister highlights using modern technology, such as online learning disseminated throughout the country, to help the local community better understand their own sexual health.

Earlier this year, government officials, advocates and researchers from the African countries in the Sub-Saharan region met in Uganda to discuss reproductive health and family planning.

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