More mothers to survive in Laos: World Bank

Woman breastfeeding her child

Mothers in Laos have a better chance of survival, says the World Bank, if they are able to deliver their babies in safe health facilities with skilled staff.

The World Bank is working on improving services for mothers in the country.

The Lao People’s Democratic republic, or Laos, a mountainous, landlocked country in Southeast Asia, has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. One mother dies for every 170 births.

Dr Phetdara Chanthala, a World Bank health specialist and former surgeon based in Laos, says the high maternal death rates are due in part to a shortage of medical facilities in rural areas and poor transportation.

He told Gerry Adams the World Bank is working to improve access to health services for the poor.

(Duration: 2’33″)

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