Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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GENEVA / NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – New United Nations* data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth,... Show More + down from 523 000 in 1990.Another World Health Organization (WHO) study, also published today in The Lancet Global Health, adds new knowledge about why these women are dying. Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis, finds that more than 1 in 4 maternal deaths are caused by pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, malaria and obesity, whose health impacts can all be aggravated by pregnancy. This is similar to the proportion of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth from severe bleeding.“Together, the two reports highlight the need to invest in proven solutions, such as quality care for all women during pregnancy and childbirth, and particular care for pregnant women with existing medical conditions,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Direc Show Less -
Key Findings:Despite progress, Lao PDR continues to have some of the world's worst maternal and child health outcomes, both globally as well as in the East Asia and Pacific region.These poor outcomes have... Show More + been the result of insufficient and ineffective funding, with government spending at a low 1.1 percent of GDP.Most costs are paid for by patients and their families, which has resulted in people not accessing health services as often as necessary.Contributions made from international donors have played a significant part in funding; however this source of financing has often been variable. The Lao Government is currently making plans to increase the amount it spends on health as a percentage of the government budget, from 4.3 percent to 9 percent.A major challenge for the government will be to make sure that this money will be used to improve the quality and access of health services across the country, especially for the poor and the people living far away from towns and cities.By en Show Less -