Health Care Out of Reach for Mozambique’s Mothers
Even before two devastating cyclones ravaged the African coastal country, its maternal mortality rate was more than twice the global average, with 489 women dying per 100,000 live births. Now the danger has increased: Following Cyclone Kenneth, for instance, some 10,000 pregnant women in the Cabo Delgado province alone face increased mortality risks from a lack of access to functioning hospitals or from malaria, which infected 28,000 people after the storms.
Who’s addressing the problem? The U.N. Population Fund says it’s setting up temporary reproductive centers, though the remoteness of some areas has complicated their work.