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2003-10-20 International
Childbirth Deaths Higher Among Africans
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Posted by Super Hose 2003-10-20 11:34:55 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [232 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 It's all fine and good for the UN to make all these paternal, childish little remarks, but it's not going to change anything in Africa. Half these women die because of superstitions and religious 'beliefs'. Most of the rest die because they have a problem 400 miles from the nearest medical facility, and the fastest rate of transportation is oxcart. That's what words like "underdeveloped" and "undeveloped" mean. IF there are real statistics, and IF they can be trusted, I'm sure you'd find 3/4 of the deaths occurring in places like the Congo, where roads are all but nonexistent, in places like Sierra Leone and Liberia, where there's an internal war going on that limits movement, and in places like Somalia where there's just no government at all. The statistics in Zimbabwe are about to go through the roof, since there's now no food and no petrol to power an ambulance.

The problems that arise in Africa are the result of the way Africa behaves. I'm sure the death toll in modern South Africa is much lower than in rural Togo or Chad. Modern medical attention can do wonders, but not if the patient is brought to the hospital after riding on a camel for five days. Until Africa can put its childish, tribal conflicts to rest, can develop economically enough to invest in an adequate infrastructure, and can develop the training, techniques, and willingness to accept modern medical treatment, nothing the UN says is going to make a damned bit of difference.
Posted by Old Patriot  2003-10-20 12:47:18 PM|| [http://users.codenet.net/mweather/default.htm]  2003-10-20 12:47:18 PM|| Front Page Top

#2 Did this report mention female genital mutilation? Compare areas that do and dont practice this?
Posted by Grunter 2003-10-20 1:16:45 PM||   2003-10-20 1:16:45 PM|| Front Page Top

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