The Lancet, a UK-based medical journal, released a new study today, done in conjunction with Save the Children, about stillbirth on a global scale.
According to The Lancet, 2.6 million women suffer a stillbirth every year, with 98% of those women living in developing countries. Worldwide, the rate of stillbirth has dropped only 1.1% per year since 1995.
Dr. Carole Presern, Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, said: “Stillbirths need to be an integral part of the maternal, newborn and child health agenda."
From the World Health Organization website: “Almost no burden affecting families is so big and yet so invisible both in society and on the global public health agenda.” Joy Lawn, M.D., PhD, Director of Global Evidence and Policy, Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, and a lead author of this study.