Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Risk Death In Yemen Un

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Hundreds Of Pregnant Women Risk Death In Yemen Un

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hundreds of pregnant women in the Yemeni city of Hodeidah risk dying as the escalating confict puts medical care out of reach in a country with one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, the United Nations said.

The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) said pregnant women were at “extreme risk” as it became harder to access care, with the maternal death rate likely to have doubled from its 2015 tally of 385 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The violence limits the agency’s access to Hodeidah, but it estimated 90,000 women were due to give birth there in the next nine months.

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