In Zambia, traditional beliefs increase maternal risk


Roberta Ziparo, Nava Ashraf, Erica Field and Alessandra Voena swent to Zambia to study 515 spouses, seeking to understand why medical services are largely unused by Zambians. In this little country located in Southern Africa, birth complications are not treated and access to contraception remains difficult. Besides having poor access to medical services,  traditional beliefs make pregnant women hide their problems, a silence that increases the already high maternal mortality rate. 


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