Brazil: The Challenge of Maternal Healthcare

BY REBECCA SLUTSKY Brazil has the largest economy of all Latin American nations. Despite its economic status and its efforts to improve the health of its citizens, morbidity and mortality statistics remain shockingly high. Nearly 50% of babies are delivered by caesarean section, leading to C-section related complications. Furthermore, over a million illegal abortions are performed each year, suggesting…

Maternal Health: A Persistent Issue in Latin America

BY ANABEL STAROSTA Although maternal health has increased worldwide in the past few decades, maternal disorders and pregnancy complications continue to be one of the leading causes of death for women, especially in Latin America. Deaths during delivery and other pregnancy complications have decreased worldwide from 500,000 deaths in 1990 to 289,000 deaths in 2013,…