E. The pivotal role of established human rights civil society organizations.
32. Take maternal mortality. Each year, there are over 500,000 maternal deaths. That is the equivalent of about one maternal death every minute; 95% of maternal deaths are in Africa and Asia. Most could be avoided by a few well-known interventions. While women in some rich countries have a 1 in 8,700 chance of dying in childbirth, women in some low-income countries have a 1 in 10 chance.
33. These facts are especially shocking not only because they are preventable, but also because they expose profound health inequalities. First, the burden of maternal mortality falls disproportionately on women in developing countries. Second, in both developing and developed countries, the burden of maternal mortality falls disproportionately on ethnic minority women, indigenous women and women living in poverty. Third, there is no single cause of death and disability for men between the ages of 15 and 44 that is close to the magnitude of maternal mortality and morbidity........
34. As the Special Rapporteur argued in his last report to the General Assembly, maternal mortality is not just a health issue, it is a human rights issue. Avoidable maternal mortality violates women's rights to life, health, equality and non-discrimination.................
ADVANCE EDITED VERSION
17 January 2007
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Item 2 on the provisional agenda
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT OF EVERYONE TO THE ENJOYMENT OF THE HIGHEST ATTAINABLE STANDARD OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, PAUL HUNT
FULL REPORT IS ATTACHED.
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