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In nine months, over 100 women died during childbirth
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In nine months, over 100 women died during childbirth

The number of women dying each month while giving birth is still rising, according to the Gambian Women's Lives Matter movement. 

One of their activists based in the United States, Mballing Cham disclosed that 100 women died during child labour between August 2020 to May 2021.  

In a Facebook post, she declared: "The Gambia Women Lives Matter is calling for action now. We are calling on all stakeholders to action to save the lives of women and their new-born. We call on the government of the Gambia, stakeholders and the Ministry of Health, and the Government to step up panels and investigate the causes of maternity deaths at the hospitals and declare National Health Emergency." 

Mballing added: "It is unacceptably painful for women to continue dying in labour. From August 2020 to date, we can authoritatively confirm that over 100 women died during child labor within the Greater Banjul Area. Over 80 newly born babies died due to birth complications. In the same vein, in Basse Area, more than 50 women died due to birth complications." 

According to her, the Gambian Women's Lives Matter has received evidence suggesting that some of these women died because of severe pain they sustained after operations.  

"Most deaths are caused by either lack of blood, lack of medical equipment, or wrong diagnosis," she disclosed. 

About their movement, Mballing said: "The Gambian Women Lives Matter is a non-political movement comprising men and women from all works of life in The Gambia and abroad. We stand for every woman irrespective of their background, social status, or political affiliation. The lives we save may be that of our own, our partners, or close family members."

 

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