Australia: Oxfam welcomes Government commitment

… to maternal health in developing countries

Published on Oxfam Australia, 10 March 2009.

International aid agency Oxfam welcomed today’s decision by the Rudd Government to change the Family Planning Guidelines, which apply to Australia’s overseas development program …

… “This change of policy by the Rudd Government will help save the lives of women in developing countries. It will also assist Australian efforts towards achieving the targets set up in the Millennium Development Goals, ” Mr Hewett said.

“Today’s announcement shows that this is fundamentally a development issue that will help prevent the unnecessary deaths of women in poor countries who are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy related complications than women in rich countries.

“The result of the previous policy had not just been an increase in the risk of needless death because of unsafe procedures, the policies themselves had made it increasingly hard for aid and development agencies to carry out any sexual and reproductive health services” … (full text).

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