A recent study claims that many women give birth in unsanitary conditions. Numerous experts in health around the world claim that too many newborns and mothers are dying because of improper healthcare services, unhygienic equipment in hospitals, lack of safe water and an absence of sanitary birthing conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that as much as 40 percent of all health facilities from around 57 low-income countries don’t have access to clean water and are not able to provide appropriate sanitation. In most cases, authorities from the governments of undeveloped countries tend to neglect the connection between health and proper hygiene.
Consequently, specialists from the World Health Organization started to team up with other organizations such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and WaterAid to accelerate their initiatives for this cause. They plan to persuade officials from the governments of developing countries to make sure hygiene is present in their centers of healthcare. The action will aid the authorities in saving millions of lives of infants and mothers.
A study reported last year that about 300,000 women endured difficulties during delivery and pregnancy because of inappropriate sanitation. Nevertheless, the recent study reveals that around 289,000 pregnant women die because of unsanitary circumstances. Numerous organizations and authorities have tried to reduce the rate of maternal mortality particularly in developing countries but did so in vain. The death proportion during pregnancy in undeveloped countries is higher with 14 percent than in other nations.
Environmental health researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Oliver Cumming said that women who live in dirty and unhealthy conditions are more likely to be at risk of developing lethal infections. Cumming said that numerous people around the world are aware of how important it is to wash their hands. He pointed out that authorities, in the same way, should lead specialized programs of awareness in order of educating people about sanitation and hygiene.
“Our hope is these findings will guide future work on UN development goals and make the provision of these services a priority, when trying to improve the health of new mothers and their babies.”
Lenka Benova from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said.