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One woman dies every 2 minutes in pregnancy, childbirth: U.N.

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Belarus recorded the biggest decline -- down 95.5 percent -- while Venezuela saw the highest increase. Between 2000 and 2015, the biggest rise was in the United States.

As described in the article maternal deaths are an urgent problem that needs to be dealt with all around the world, but it is specially important in countries like the US, where unfortunately the standards of medical care are dropping and very sensitive statistics like this clearly show the problem is unjustifiably serious in a country that should be able to control it. The US being compared with developing countries also on this aspect is something US public health authorities are deeply worried about. This may have to do with the current trend to limit the control of women over their reproductive health.

While the report covers data up to 2020, the WHO's Anshu Banerjee told journalists that the statistics since then look bleak, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.

Just by considering covid and its well described negative effect on maternal deaths it is clear the numbers from 2020 are going to be much worse.

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Another health catastrophe that the WHO dropped the ball on.

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At 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, the United States ranks No. 33 out of 36 OECD countries (Figure 24). Japan (No. 1) has the lowest rate with 1.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.

https://www.americashealthrankings.org/learn/reports/2019-annual-report/international-comparison

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Another health catastrophe that the WHO dropped the ball on.

No "dropping the ball" can be argued from a situation that completely falls under the responsibility of each government. The role of the international authority that the WHO represents is to guide the countries towards the best decisions for public health, not to magic infinite resources to solve the problems.

The US by itself made the decisions that reduced the country to third world levels of maternal health, nothing of that can be argued to be a responsibility of the WHO, the same applies to countries under humanitarian crisis because of natural disasters or war, pretending the WHO have access to all the resources of the world to intervene and solve every problem is a deeply irrational stance.

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I am in a rather unique situation as one who has given birth in both Japan and the US, in highly efficient hospitals with professional care and good insurance. Aside from the obvious problem, that the US has far too many residents without access to that excellent health care due to a lack of insurance, one other dramatic difference is vital: prenatal care. In Japan, when the pregnancy test is positive one immediately registers (or is registered) for prenatal care. It is frequent, consistent, and has the aim of delivering a healthy child and keeping the mother healthy as well. Every issue is discussed and plans are carefully made for the birth and post-natal care. The US is superior to Japan in allowing/encouraging parental leave (though that leave is too often unpaid and far shorter than most other "developed" nations), however regarding preparation for the physical needs of the infant and mother Japan is far ahead.

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Avoidable tragedy..

More methods of contraception would prevent unwanted pregnancies that lead to preventable deaths..

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Completely avoidable. The WHO took its eye of the ball with its catastrophic approach/non-approach to the Covid epidemic, with its bowing down to the health authorities and government in China, and as a result allowed many programs in lower income countries to be underfunded, so that more preventable deaths occurred.

The world needs an international authority, not an agency, to monitor health situations and implement plans to deal with those situations.

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Completely avoidable. The WHO took its eye of the ball with its catastrophic approach/non-approach to the Covid epidemic, with its bowing down to the health authorities and government in China, and as a result allowed many programs in lower income countries to be underfunded, so that more preventable deaths occurred.

Again, making completely off topic comments that only reflect your personal bias is what is getting them deleted. Specially when they can be so easily demonstrated as false, the WHO was part of the critics of the Chinese strategy that lead to countless deaths as predicted.

The world needs an international authority, not an agency, to monitor health situations and implement plans to deal with those situations.

the WHO is not only international, it is the global public health authority, and being an agency is what allows it to do it, because it means it is empowered to to things. As sure as the limited, much less useful organizations you have tried to push to replace it have been all also agencies, none of which of course have done even a fraction of what the WHO has done. Like the CDC, which is actually much more responsible of precarious situation of the US, where health services are quickly becoming worth of developing countries as the maternal deaths talked about in this article readily confirm.

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Around 70 percent of those deaths recorded in 2020 were in sub-Saharan Africa, where the rate is "136 times bigger" than in Australia and New Zealand, Cresswell said.

The sub-Saharan Africa is one of the prime examples of the WHO, a poorly run agency, failing to assist the very nations it was designed to provide aid to.

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Like the CDC, which is actually much more responsible of precarious situation of the US, where health services are quickly becoming worth of developing countries as the maternal deaths talked about in this article readily confirm.

A completely irrational view to compare health services in the US to those of developing countries purely based on the small sample of maternal deaths. An elementary fallacious argument.

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The sub-Saharan Africa is one of the prime examples of the WHO, a poorly run agency, failing to assist the very nations it was designed to provide aid to.

No, it is not, that is just another baseless claim you are making pretending the WHO should be able to produce infinite amount of resources which obviously makes absolutely no sense. There is no other organization that has done more for the region than the WHO.

A completely irrational view to compare health services in the US to those of developing countries purely based on the small sample of maternal deaths. An elementary fallacious argument.

Since you were completely unable to argue how this is the case that means you are recognizing the argument is valid and proves its point. Calling it a fallacy without being able to explain how this is the case is the same as accepting your claim is false but you still want to make it.

This (and keeping the off topic spam you make in every article that mentions the WHO) is the reason why your previous comments in the article has been deleted, why posting again the same thing over and over again, is it some kind of taunt to force the moderation to delete your comments again as you do every time you give up trying to defend your points?

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The UN supports the right of women to choose.

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