Pajhwok Services

SMS News Service

Photo Service

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Mother-child mortality rate drops

Mother-child mortality rate drops

May 14, 2013 - 18:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The mortality rate among mothers and infants has dropped in Afghanistaninfo-icon as a result of increasing number of healthinfo-icon facilities for them across the country, the Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ministry cited a 2013 report of the Save Children that showed one in 10 children died before reaching the age of five years in Afghanistan, compared one in four children a decade ago.

It said one mother died in every two hours, recalling that one mother would die in every 27 minutes while giving birth 10 years ago.

The statement further said one-thirds delivery cases were being handled by professional nurses and midwives, with 60 percent mothers being referred at least once during pregnancy to healthcare centres.

"Increase in healthcare facilities, in the number of trained midwives, improved health services for pregnant womeninfo-icon and infants, the management of delivery cases by experts have been reasons behind the drop," the public health ministry said.

Currently there are 3500 midwives in Afghanistan, compared to 450 midwives 10 years ago, the statement concluded.





Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment



Twitter Update