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As MDG Deadline Nears, News Outlets Examine Efforts To Reach Maternal, Newborn Mortality Goal

News outlets report on efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality as the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws closer.

Bloomberg News: Most Dangerous Day of Life Is Birth as Million Babies Die
“…Birth remains a stubbornly deadly affair in [Mozambique] and 74 other developing nations, eroding their human capital and keeping billions of people entrapped in a cycle of poverty that a new United Nations-backed plan says can be reversed with spending just over $1 a person more on health…” (Gale, 8/18).

The Guardian: Maternal mortality? It’s just poor African and Asian women dying
“…Although the global maternal mortality ratio has dropped by 45 percent between 1990 and 2013, which equates to a decline in deaths per 100,000 live births from 380 to 210, the figures still fall significantly short of the 2015 target…” (Ford, 8/18).