A pregnant woman at a rural health centre in Bangladesh
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Preventing child and maternal mortality in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, strong cultural and traditional ties deter women from giving birth in health centres and hospitals.

Babies are dying unnecessarily in Matlab in the rural south-east of the country because their mothers do not attend antenatal check-ups.

Staff at the clinic are targeting men and trying to convince them how important it is that their wives' have antenatal check-ups and give birth with trained professionals present.

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  • 10 Nov 2011