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Every day about 800 women worldwide die from complications related to pregnancy and child birth. This equals 1.5 times the number of passengers fitting into an Airbus A380 or 2.5 times the number of passengers in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 99 percent of these maternal deaths occur in developing countries and most of them are preventable. With the worldwide start of its Future Vision Programme on 1st July 2013, Rotary...
20th Anniversary of Successful Project Work...
“Be a friend” – the Rotary International Theme of 1994/95, when Bill Huntley was our President, maintained a special meaning for two Rotarians who met for the first time as class mates of Huntley’s International Assembly of 1994. The then incoming Governors, Emmanuel Adedolapo (Dolapo) Lufadeju from Nigeria and Robert Zinser from Germany, have ever since been close friends and successful partners in one of the...
Child Mortality Rates Decline
The child mortality rate is the number of deaths of children under 5 per 1000 live births. The United Nations set a target for Millennium Development Goal 4: to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-5 mortality rate. Across the globe, many counties have made significant progress in reducing child mortality. For example, child mortality in Bangladesh declined from 144 child deaths per 1000 live births to 41, a...
Still High Maternal Mortality
The maternal mortality ratio is the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Globally this ratio dropped from 380 deaths to 210 deaths per 100,000 live births between 1990 and 2013. Some countries have made remarkable progress. For example, maternal mortality in Rwanda declined from 1,400 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 320, a reduction of 77 percent. Even with these drops, many countries have not yet met...
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