Though Progress Has Been Made in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Americas, It’s Still Not Enough

“The Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but this will not be enough,” said Dr. Roses.

As part of the Panel on Safe Motherhood and Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, noted that “the Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but not sufficient to meet the target set by the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.”

“About 95% of maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean is due to preventable causes for which we have the knowledge to do so,” lamented Roses, adding that the people most affected are poor women, adolescent girls, women of indigenous and African descent who live in rural or underserved areas.

According to the Director of PAHO, violence against women, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, lack of access to family planning methods, limited access to essential obstetric services, and the lack of trained health personnel are among factors contributing to maternal deaths in the Region.

The PAHO Directing Council aims to approve this week a strategy and action plan to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality in the Region.

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