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TORONTO – Terdapat kemajuan yang luar biasa pada bidang kesehatan perempuan dan anak dalam beberapa dekade terakhir. Sejak tahun 1990, kematian anak karena hal yang dapat dicegah berkurang sebesar 50%, dan kematian ibu telah berkurang sebesar 45%. Namun masih terlalu banyak ibu dan bayi yang baru lahir sekarat karena hal-hal yang dapat dicegah. Dengan adanya akses terhadap bidan yang berkualitas, banyak nyawa yang bisa diselamatkan. 

Setiap tahun, terdapat rata-rata satu juta anak yang meninggal pada hari pertama hidup mereka; lebih dari tiga juta bayi yang terlahir meninggal; dan lebih dari 300,000 ibu meninggal pada saat mengandung dan persalinan – jumlah kematian ini melebihi jumlah populasi Namibia. Mayoritas dari kematian ini – tepatnya sebesar 56% - dapat dicegah.

Jika seluruh perempuan mempunyai akses terhadap bidan selama kehamilan dan saat melahirkan, serta fasilitas yang dilengkapi dengan perawatan darurat dasar, satu juta nyawa dapat diselamatkan setiap tahunnya. Namun tetap saja kebidanan masih terbengkalai dan tidak menerima pendanaan yang cukup dari pemerintah dan komunitas diseluruh dunia.  

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