The Importance Of Safe Motherhood Day

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Maternal death and disability are the leading cause of healthy life years lost for developing country women of reproductive age. Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99% of all those deaths occur in developing countries (Source: WHO fact sheet, November, 2016). A great number of women who can survive childbearing, suffers from serious diseases, disability, or physical damage caused by pregnancy-related complications. Long-term consequences of pregnancy-related complications include uterine prolapse, pelvic inflammatory disease, obstetric fistula, incontinence, and infertility. A mother’s death carries profound consequences not only for her family and surviving children, but also for her community and country. In some developing countries, the death of mother dramatically increases the risk of her U5 children’s death. In addition, because a woman dies during her most productive years, her death has a strong social and economic impact—her family and community lose a productive worker and a primary care giver.
So, Safe Motherhood Day is globally celebrated to reduce maternal and child death as well as raise awareness on safe motherhood on 28th May of every year. To commemorate this event, Nobo Jatra project at the Upazila level joined in celebrating the Safe Motherhood Day at Dacope, Koyra, Kaliganj and Shyamnagar. This year the main theme of day was ‘Have your child born at a healthy facility, be safe’.

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