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助产士拯救生命

多伦多—过去几十年中,我们在妇女和儿童健康方面取得了令人难以置信的进步。1990年以来,可预防儿童死亡减少了50%,产妇死亡率下降了45%。但仍有太多的母亲和新生儿因为可预防的原因而死去。如能获得合格助产士的帮助,许多人的生命是可以拯救的。

平均每年都有一百万儿童死于出生后的第一天;一百万以上的婴儿是死胎;300,000以上母亲在妊娠和分娩阶段死亡——其总和已经超过了纳米比亚全国人口。其中大部分死亡——准确地说是56%——是可以预防的。

如果所有妇女都能在妊娠和分娩过程中得到助产士的帮助——更不用说提供基本紧急治疗的设备了——那么每年都能拯救一百万条生命。但产科仍然被全世界政府和社会忽视,资金投入远远不够。

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