Maternal mortality soars in South Sudan; basic medical needs lacking
July 20, 2012
The newly independent nation of South Sudan has the world’s highest rate of maternal mortality, with roughly 1 woman dying for every 50 children born.
Infections, uncontrolled bleeding, poor nutrition, and inadequate nursing care are the leading causes of maternal death. The country faces a severe shortage of hospital beds, and existing institutions lack basic supplies such as bandages, gauze, and sterile instruments. Medical personnel in South Sudan report that at least 90% of the deaths could be prevented with proper supplies and care.
- 2,054 mothers die for every 100,000 children born alive: 1 woman out of 7 during pregnancy or childbirth (Fides)
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