Medics worldwide: news and opportunities from the IFMSA
- By: Emily Spry
The dangers of procreation: The developed world has almost forgotten that having kids can be a dangerous business. But, in the developing world, a lack of antenatal care contributes to up to one woman in 10 dying from pregnancy related causes in her lifetime. A statement from the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Gynaecologists, and the International Confederation of Midwives calls for more skilled birth attendants to be trained. “Life threatening complications occur in 15% of all births,” says Joy Phumaphi, assistant director-general of family and community health at WHO. “For a mother and her newborn, a skilled birth attendant can make the difference between life and death. Not only can they recognise and prevent medical crises on the spot, but they can refer women for life saving care when complications arise.” The theme of the next IFMSA General Assembly is maternal and child health (www.who.int/reproductive-health/MNBH/index.htm).