Women Suffer Most in Afghan Health Crisis, Experts Say

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Previous studies, including by United Nations agencies, have shown Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate to be among the highest in the world.

Preliminary data from the maternal health study show that from 1998 to 2002, about half of the women of childbearing age who died succumbed to complications associated with their pregnancies or childbirth.

In Badakhshan, the most remote province in northeastern Afghanistan, 64 percent of women of reproductive age who died reportedly succumbed to problems associated with pregnancy.”

NY Times