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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2008
GUIDAN ROUMDJI, Niger, 5 November 2008 Lying on a bed in the maternity ward of the UNICEF-supported Guidan Roumdji Hospital in eastern Niger, Tchima Abou knew she could have died. The 27-year-old woman had given birth to her sixth child, a girl, at home when she started bleeding and slipped into unconsciousness.
Fortunately, she was taken to the district hospital on time. The doctors and nurses there managed to save her life. I cannot believe I am still alive, said Ms. Abou.
In Niger, a woman's lifetime risk of dying due to complications caused by pregnancy or childbirth is one in seven. Every year, 14,000 Nigerien mothers die from pregnancy-related causes most of which are preventable and thousands of other women experience injuries, infections, diseases or disabilities that can cause lifelong suffering.
It is so important for women in Niger to access antenatal care visits, because Niger has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, said the head of UNICEF Nigers maternal health programme, Marie-Claire Mutanda.