Monday, February 9, 2009
Dr Suzanne Belton of Charles Darwin University claims that 40% of all obstetric care in East Timor was treating complications from pregnancy loss
Dr Belton said that 40 per cent of all emergency obstetric care was managing and treating complications from early pregnancy losses. The report suggests that some of the deaths may be attributed to abortion although the proportion of deaths due to abortion was unknown.
The study entitled, Maternal Mortality, Unplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Timor-Leste: A Situational Analysis, was presented as a part of East Timor’s Institute of Health Sciences’ first Congress on Health Sciences in early December 2008 in Dili. The research was funded and commissioned by The United Nations Population Fund and managed in collaboration with Alola Foundation.
“Midwives East Timor Australia” a group which aims to support non-government organisations to help reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate, claim that only 10% of pregnant women in East Timor give birth with the assistance of a qualified midwife.
The maternal and neonatal mortality rate in east Timor is 100 times that of Australia. One of the reasons for such a high level of maternal problems is the low utilisation of skilled assistance for pre-natal care, birth and post-natal care. It would seem that better pre natal health care is needed in East Timor in order to reduce the mortality rate of pregnant women.
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