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Lack of Water in Developing World Hospitals Kills: Report

A dearth of clean water, sanitation and safe hygiene in birth settings in the developing world is proving to be alarmingly deadly for mothers and newborns, according to a report published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

“Nearly 8,000 women in Tanzania die each year in or immediately after childbirth,” said Lenka Benova of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “Nearly half of women, and disproportionately the country’s poorest, are giving birth at home, and almost none of these homes have clean water and basic sanitation.”