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Porodní asistentky dávají život

TORONTO – Několik uplynulých dekád přineslo neuvěřitelný pokrok u zdravotního stavu žen a dětí. Dětských úmrtí, jimž lze předejít, ubylo od roku 1990 o 50 % a mateřská úmrtnost se snížila o 45 %. V důsledku příčin, jimž lze předcházet, však stále umírá příliš mnoho matek a novorozenců. Mnohé z těchto životů by při dostupnosti kvalifikovaných porodních asistentek bylo možné zachránit.

Rok co rok zemře v průměru milion dětí během prvního dne života, víc než milion dětí se narodí mrtvých a víc než 300 000 matek zemře během těhotenství a porodu – takový počet obětí na životech převyšuje celou populaci Namibie. Většině z těchto úmrtí – přesně 56 % – lze předejít.

Kdyby byla všem ženám během těhotenství a porodu dostupná porodní asistentka nebo asistent, nemluvě o zařízeních vybavených k zajištění základní pohotovostní péče, každý rok by bylo možné zachránit milion životů. Přesto vlády a společnosti po celém světě porodnictví nadále chronicky zanedbávají a nedostatečně financují.

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