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WHO: Maternal mortality Factsheet

GENEVA, 9 May 2014 (WHO) - Maternal mortality is unacceptably high. About 800 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. In 2013, 289 000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.

Health Experts Call for Integrated Approach to HIV and TB in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 08 May 2014 (allAfrica) - Zimbabwe is facing challenges in eliminating tuberculosis (TB) say health experts, who are calling for much greater integration of HIV and TB programmes within the healthcare system.

United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives

GENEVA, 7 May 2014 (allAfrica) - New United Nations* data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.

New Prevention Guidelines Stipulate Test Before Marriage

ABUJA, 6 May 2014 (allAfrica) - Nigeria's new National HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan has stipulated HIV test before marriage in both Christian and Muslim religions.

Government Hails Formation of Association of Young People Living With HIV

LILONGWE, 6 May 2014 (allAfrica) -  Minister of Industry and Trade Sosten Gwengwe, who is also People's Party Presidential running mate, has described the establishment of the National Association of Young People Living with HIV in Malawi as an indication of government's commitment towards the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Polygamy in Kenya - a Legal Way to Spread HIV?

NAIROBI, 5 May 2014 (allAfrica) - A controversial new marriage bill legalising polygamy in Kenya has triggered outrage, with HIV activists claiming it may increase HIV infections among married couples. This, activists warn, may thwart the government's promise to reach zero new HIV infections by 2015.

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