UNICEF Report Examines Maternal, Child Health Worldwide, Including HIV/AIDS Issues
"State of the World's Children 2009," UNICEF: The annual report from UNICEF focuses on maternal and newborn health worldwide and finds that women in developing countries face a much higher risk of dying from pregnancy complications than women in industrialized nations. The report also found some progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS among pregnant women. Among women ages 15 to 24 accessing prenatal clinics, HIV prevalence has decreased in 14 of 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with adequate data since 2000 to 2001. In addition, 33% of HIV-positive pregnant women had access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in 2007, compared with 10% in 2004 ("State of the World's Children," UNICEF, 1/15).This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.