Sudan has high rates of preventable death in women and infants. Some 26,000 women in Sudan – with a population of over 40 million – face death annually giving birth, UNICEF Representative Nils Kastberg said, compared to fewer than 10,000 maternal deaths per year in the entire Latin American and Caribbean region which is home to 550 million people.  The maternal deaths in Sudan are “preventable,” he stressed. “It is a question of stopping the bleeding in time; it is a question of having the health staff where they should be; it is a question of health staff washing their hands; it is a question of women being close to a place where they can receive care that could save their lives at the moment of giving birth.”  He also sounded the alarm on the deaths of 305,000 Sudanese children under the age of five every year due to preventable causes, with over one-third losing their lives in the first 28 days of life.  He further pointed out that while six million children are in school, nearly three million are not.  Mr. Kastberg said that he hopes that over the next three years, maternal and child mortality rates will be slashed by one-third through the provision of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and other measures, with school attendance jumping up by one-third. “Sudan, more than ever, needs peace,” he underscored. With most of the world’s violence caused by men and not women, he said, “I think we need a call to all Sudanese men to assume a greater responsibility of understanding how their actions cause harm to women and children and I hope that can make a huge difference.” (UNICEF, 10/27/09)

(This report came from the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum. Check them out HERE.)

About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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  1. Sarah says:

    May JESUS be found as this source of peace – the only true and lasting peace – Praise the Lord. Thanks for posting this. Its a good reminder to me as I continue in my midwifery program – all for women like these. What a powerful way to minister in the Name of Jesus to these women and infants. In the saving of physical life; however, above all may their spiritual life come alive as they see the True Light and Life. Thank you for your ministry Jennie, may the Lord give you a renewed sense of strength and encouragement today.

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