Riz Khan-Reducing maternal mortality-23 Sep 09- Pt 1

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More than half a million women die from pregnancy and child birth related complications each year.

Nearly all the fatalities happen in developing countries, and experts say the vast majority of deaths are preventable.

Many of these women lack access to health services or simply can not afford it.

The World Health Organisation says that about a third of women in developing countries do not receive care from skilled health professionals, which makes them susceptible to severe bleeding and infections - the main causes of death.

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