Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan appeals to leaders of the G20 summit in Seoul

The theme in the G20 summit in Seoul is “G-20’s Role in the Post-Crisis World”.
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Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan appeals to leaders of the G20 summit in Seoul
12th November 2010  –  In an appeal to the G20 published today, Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan described the number of women dying in childbirth worldwide as  “unacceptable” and called  on leaders to address the direct causes of maternal death and not to ignore the millions of women who survive childbirth with debilitating trauma such as obstetric fistula.
“It is time for us to take an honest look at what needs to be done”, read the appeal. “We know that the vast majority of these deaths can be prevented….. We have done it before in Europe, America and the Middle East. We must now do it in the African and Asian countries where too many women are still dying to give life.”
The appeal called for initiatives to improve women’s access to medical services and strengthen the quality of emergency obstetric care.   “The most effective way to eliminate
these deaths is to ensure that women are in the presence of a skilled attendant in a suitably equipped health facility for the delivery,” read the appeal, which recommended the use of “new telecommunications and transport strategies” to improve women’s access to health facilities.
Her Highness also called on an increase of treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula and other post partum trauma which affect millions of women each year.
“Obstetricians, urologists and general surgeons must integrate fistula repair and management of other postpartum complications into general practice,” read the appeal, which also called for the active participation of midwives in the fight against obstetric fistula.
“Give women a fighting chance of surviving the delivery of their babies,” concluded the appeal. “And ensure that treatment is available for the millions of women who suffer a life-time of misery from childbirth injuries.”
Despite an overall reduction in global maternal mortality figures from over 520,000 to 340,000 maternal deaths each year, most countries are still far from achieving the 5th Millennium Development Goal (MDG5) of reducing maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. Meanwhile for every woman who dies another twenty suffer debilitating post partum trauma such as obstetric fistula. The World Health Organisation estimates that 2 million women currently need surgical repair for obstetric fistula, with an additional 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occurring each year.
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In  response to the unacceptably high maternal mortality and morbidity rates in many parts of African and Asia, in 2009 Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan founded Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International a medical non profit organisation working to improve maternal health in disadvantaged communities.

In an appeal to the G20 published today, Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan described the number of women dying in childbirth worldwide as  “unacceptable” and called  on leaders to address the direct causes of maternal death and not to ignore the millions of women who survive childbirth with debilitating trauma such as obstetric fistula.

“It is time for us to take an honest look at what needs to be done”, read the appeal. “We know that the vast majority of these deaths can be prevented….. We have done it before in Europe, America and the Middle East. We must now do it in the African and Asian countries where too many women are still dying to give life.”

The appeal calledMagazine where the appeal was published for initiatives to improve women’s access to medical services and strengthen the quality of emergency obstetric care.

“The most effective way to eliminate these deaths is to ensure that women are in the presence of a skilled attendant in a suitably equipped health facility for the delivery,” read the appeal, which recommended the use of “new telecommunications and transport strategies” to improve women’s access to health facilities.

Her Highness also called on an increase of treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula and other post partum trauma which affect millions of women each year.

“Obstetricians, urologists and general surgeons must integrate fistula repair and management of other postpartum complications into general practice,” read the appeal, which also called for the active participation of midwives in the fight against obstetric fistula.

“Give women a fighting chance of surviving the delivery of their babies,” concluded the appeal. “And ensure that treatment is available for the millions of women who suffer a life-time of misery from childbirth injuries.”

Despite an overall reduction in global maternal mortality figures from over 520,000 to 340,000 maternal deaths each year, most countries are still far from achieving the 5th Millennium Development Goal (MDG5) of reducing maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. Meanwhile for every woman who dies another twenty suffer debilitating post partum trauma such as obstetric fistula. The World Health Organisation estimates that 2 million women currently need surgical repair for obstetric fistula, with an additional 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occurring each year.

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In  response to the unacceptably high maternal mortality and morbidity rates in many parts of African and Asia, in 2009 Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan founded Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International a medical non profit organisation working to improve maternal health in disadvantaged communities.

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