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Journal, U.N. dispute maternal deaths

April 15, 2010

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— The number of women dying in childbirth worldwide has dropped dramatically, a British medical journal reports, adding that it was pressured to delay its findings until after U.N. meetings this week on public health funding.

A new, separate report by a group headed by the United Nations reached a very different conclusion on maternal mortality, saying the figure remains as high as 500,000 deaths a year.

The disagreement reveals the politics behind public health, where progress made in tackling a health problem can jeopardize funding. Public health officials are gearing up to ask for billions of dollars at U.N. meetings.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 10 months ago

Why would the UN pressure a medical journal to delay releasing its findings on maternal deaths? Because the UN wanted to plead its case for billions more of your and my money - an argument which would have been severely weakened had the report on reduced maternal deaths been publicized ahead of the money grab.

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