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Maternal Health
 
Introduction
 

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Introduction

 

Half a million women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year, and four million newborn babies die in the first month of life. A lot of these deaths could be prevented with simple medical interventions.

The slogan for World Health Day 2005 on April 7th is "Make every mother and child count." It reflects the reality that the health of women and children is not a high enough priority for many governments and the international community.

The objective of World Health Day is to raise global awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organisation.

This year’s World Health Day centres on healthy mothers and children.

Katie Knapman reports from around the world on the health and wellbeing of mothers and their children.
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