Analysis: Reproductive health challenges in Laos

Analysis: Reproductive health challenges in Laos

For every 1,000 live births, 76 babies die within their first 28 days of life. (Photo courtesy of Martin Abbiati/ Photographer)

For every 1,000 live births, 76 babies die within their first 28 days of life. (Photo courtesy of Martin Abbiati/ Photographer)

VIENTIANE, 11 September 2013 (IRIN) – Health experts are reviewing a years-long effort to reverse a deadly trend for mothers and newborns in Laos, which has the highest death rate in Southeast Asia for both groups. Offering free maternal and child health care since 2011 and doubling health expenditures in the past decade have helped, but more is needed to reduce preventable deaths, say experts.

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