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Prevention of Maternal Mortality in the Americas: Prospects for the 1990s

$10.00 Latin America and the Caribbean / $14.00 Elsewhere


Order code: CH 2

This booklet examines maternal mortality as the consequence of poor coverage by, access to, and quality of health care services. It explores strategies for combating the ignorance and negligence that permit this tragedy to occur.

Thorough investigations of causes and risk factors--preexisting and originating during pregnancy--are included, plus notes on maternal exhaustion syndrome, induced abortion, malnutrition, inadequate spacing of births, and other complications that contribute to maternal deaths. The social status of women in the Americas is recognized as one of the social problems often responsible for maternal deaths. Strategies for reducing maternal mortality are presented including guidelines for promoting and improving reproductive-health education, personnel training, supply distribution, and encouraging specialized research.

Written with concise language and complemented by colorful photos, the booklet will be useful to health professionals, as well as the general public.

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