7,200 babies stillborn every day

The World Health Organization is calling on governments to acknowledge stillbirths as a public health problem.

maternal health care

maternal health care

More than 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year worldwide, according to a new study published by the Lancet Medical Journal.

The World Health Organization says providing better maternal and child health care and treating conditions like syphilis, high blood pressure and diabetes in mothers could save more than one million infants every year.

Dr Frederik Frøen, is from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

“The vast majority of still births, 80 per cent, are never given a name, they are never held or dressed by the mother, they don’t have a funeral, they are disposed of in the simplest possible way. That invisibility at the personal level is also seen for the mothers, a large proportion of them are marginalized. There is significant stigma associated to having a stillbirth. One out of four stillbirths around the globe are thought by communities to be caused by the mothers own sins, by witchcraft and evil spirits.”

Nearly two thirds of the stillbirths occur in 10 countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Tanzania.

The Journal says many stillbirths go unrecorded yet they are directly related to the lack of skilled medical care for mothers and babies during child birth.

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