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Creating perspectives for life: Mother and child health in developing countries

Creating perspectives for life: Mother and child health in developing countries

Basel, 6 November 2012. This year's Swiss Health Cooperation Symposium organized by the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland focused on mother and child health.

Mother and child health is one of the factors that have a primary impact on social development in developing countries. Nevertheless, some 360,000 women still die every year during pregnancy or while giving birth. Furthermore, 7.6 million under-fives die every year too.

In recent years, significant progress has been made in improving the health of mothers and children. Infant and maternal mortality have both fallen at global level.Despite this progress, there is still a long way to go. A greater effort is needed in the southern Africa and South Asia in particular to ensure healthcare provision for all women and to give newborn babies a healthy start in life.

This year’s symposium organized by the Medicus Mundi Switzerland network took a closer look: What is being done in international politics to further improve the situation? What strategies are effective? How can women and expectant mothers be given better access to healthcare provision?

 

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