Paige Munger Women’s Health in Chad From: Secretary of Health, Chad To: Minister of Finance, Chad Introduction



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Paige Munger

Women’s Health in Chad

From: Secretary of Health, Chad

To: Minister of Finance, Chad
Introduction

Maternal mortality is one of Chad’s most pressing issues. Chad’s maternal mortality ratio is 1,200 per 100,000 live births, the third highest in the worldi. Adolescents and poor, uneducated women located in rural areas are the most affected. The extremely high maternal mortality ratio stems from low socioeconomic status, anemia, rural living, lack of education, high fertility and lack of access to family planning and quality obstetric care. The deaths of women from pregnancy complications and the subsequent poor health or death of their newborns are a waste of a vital economic and social resource in Chad. There are a number of low-cost, highly effective measures that can be taken in order to drastically reduce these obstacles to Chad’s development. The delivery of iron supplements to pregnant women, the training of women to become contraceptive providers within their communities, and the implementation of a three-part system designed to address the three delays faced in delivery, would effectively reduce Chad’s maternal mortality ratio.





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