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What was happened after a difficult delivery?





アフリカ諸国は特に非常に厳しい状況です。いろいろな国の現実をデータで見たい方は、以下のユニセフのウェブサイトのページにある「A Report Card on Maternal Mortality number 7, September 2008」を見てみてください。Progress for Children



I couldn't post for a while since I was very busy with translating, writing and editing for NI Japan No.108 "Mothers who die". No.108 is the first issue of the renewal version. I struggle to decide its new contents.

I will post the details of the issue later. But I just want to tell that the gap of the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) between developed countries and developing countries is embarrassingly big. For example, Japan's MMR per 100,000 live births in 2006 is 4.9 while Sierra Leone has the highest MMR, 2100, in 2005. Since Japan's MMR in 1960 is 130.6, which is between Thailand's MMR in 2005 (110) and Viet Nam's (150), so Sierra Leone's MMR today is still 16 times higher than that of Japan's 46 years ago!

If you would like to face a bit of reality of the world's maternal mortality ratios through data, you can read the report "Progress for Children: A Report Card on Maternal Mortality (No. 7)" on UNICEF's website.

Then surprisingly I dreamed last night that I myself delivered my baby! I think it is because I read many stories of such difficult deliveries and high-risk pregnancies.

Anyway I finally finish making No.108 today, and printing has started but a week behind the original schedule. So the shipping day will be changed on 4th April. Volunteers for packing and shipping help on the shipping day are welcome.

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