The number of women who are dying during pregnancy, or soon after giving birth, has risen nationwide, and a new report shows an alarming 87% spike in deaths in Texas. As of 2015, the maternal mortality rate in Texas is 32.5 per 100,000 live births, and the increase accounts for around 50 to 60 additional deaths per year in Texas.
“We think there is a very significant problem in Texas,” says Marian MacDorman, a research professor at the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the lead author of the new study, published in the journalBirth.
Early adoption will bring huge psychological and physical benefits for the adopted children, and increase their chances of developing into healthy and productive adults.
India has proposed changing the law that governs adoption in order to fast-track court clearances, which often delays the process by more than two years. The proposed amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015 empowers district courts to declare children legally free for adoption, moving away from the busy courts of civil magistrates, which struggle with backlogs of pending cases and rarely prioritise adoption. The move is expected to bring the time taken per adoption down to about two months.
In June 2014, the Philips Community Life Centre (CLC), based in Kiambu County, opened its doors to the public. The facility, whose standards match those of referral hospitals, offers what Philips describes as a community-driven, holistic approach to improving primary healthcare. The CLC is not just a health facility. It is also a community hub. The Solar PV system installed by Philips provides reliable and clean energy supply to the centre while the indoor and outdoor LED-lighting enables extended operating hours and provides security to patients and staff.