21% Drop in Brazil Maternal Mortality: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Ministry of Health has revealed that there was a drop of 21 percent in maternal deaths in 2011. The government has credited the improvement to a new program – the Rede Cegonha (Stork Network) – which started in 2011 and has invested R$2.5 billion (US$1.25 billion) into the health system, aimed at helping pregnant women.

For the period January–September 2010, some 1,317 deaths were reported . . .

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