Utah Valley Global Health Group

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Maternal Mortality by Mallory Peterson

Posted by benjamincrookston on December 10, 2008

Maternal mortality has a huge impact on global health. If a mother dies the likely hood of a child surviving decreases. Also, if a woman is educated her health and her family’s health go up. The most mothers are dying in two regions Africa and Asia. Over three-quarters of maternal deaths are a result of direct complications of pregnancy and childbirth. These problems are not things we cannot prevent or cure, but society of these regions have not decided that women are important and need more care and attention. I think a big part of the solution is to empower women through education. Changing society is long time goal, but there are small things in health care such as training and educating personnel can make a difference. Ultimately I hope that someday the importance of women will be noticed in all societies to make a major change in health. But by our small efforts in health we can spread awareness and hopefully bridge that gap.


8 Responses to “Maternal Mortality by Mallory Peterson”

  1. medhead said

    Hi Mallory,

    I just blogged about something similar to this. I agree: empowerment of women everywhere can only mean better health for everyone.

  2. It’s hard to come by educated people on this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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  8. Giselle said

    Hi Mallory, even though I agree with you that the health education in the benefit of women is definitely something that is lacking in some areas of the world, this is not where the main issue is. While we can definitely improve the survival rate of mothers during say, childbirth by improving health education, this is like trying to empty an ocean with a tea spoon. How will health education help in a society that oppresses women and sees them as trade objects. Take Africa for example, we have tribal laws in many places of the continent in which no woman can hold any power, have essentially no say in day to day decisions let alone the education that is given to the population. Education is definitely the answer to many of society’s problems, all societies. However, there are some societies that are so warped and different from our own, that to expect equality of education between ours and theirs is simply a dream that can only be achieved by changing the society itself.

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