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    Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems.

    World Health Organization [WHO]

    Geneva, Switzerland, WHO, 2003. 106 p.

    In October 2000,at the United Nations Millennium Summit, all countries agreed on the global imperative to reduce poverty and inequities. The need to improve maternal health was identified as one of the key Millennium Development Goals, with a target of reducing levels of maternal mortality by three-quarters between1990and2015. The causes of maternal deaths are multiple. Women die because complications during labour and delivery go unrecognised or are inadequately managed. They die from diseases such as malaria, that are aggravated by pregnancy. They die because of complications arising early in pregnancy, sometimes even before they are aware of being pregnant, such as ectopic pregnancy. And they die because they seek to end unwanted pregnancies but lack access to appropriate services. Achieving the Millennium Development Goal of improved maternal health and reducing maternal mortality requires actions on all these fronts. (author's)
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