Pakistan is among the ten countries that comprised 58% of the global maternal deaths reported in 2013. Many births and deaths are not registered, and information on the cause of death is often unknown. As a result, maternal mortality estimates for Pakistan are likely underestimated.
Urbanization is changing the face of poverty and marginalization, and the maternal and newborn health field needs to change too, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on January 24. The so-called “urban advantage”—the idea that one can expect better health outcomes in urban settings—is no longer true. Maternal mortality ratios, neonatal mortality rates and stillbirth rates in slum areas are worse than rural averages in many cases...read more