Availability and Quality of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Service in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Maternal mortality is a major health problem, particularly in Sub- Saharan Africa, where half (50.4%) of all maternal deaths worldwide occurs. The reduction of maternal deaths by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, is a global concern, articulated as the fifth millennium development goal.The vast majority of maternal deaths are due to direct obstetric complications; haemorrhage, sepsis, complications of abortion, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, prolonged/obstructed labor, ruptured uterus and ectopic pregnancy.

Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care

The vast majority of maternal deaths are due to direct obstetric complications; haemorrhage, sepsis, complications of abortion, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, prolonged/obstructed labor, ruptured uterus and ectopic pregnancy. The high number of maternal deaths in some areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services, and highlights the gap between the rich and the poor.

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