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Central African Republic: a silent crisis

Henriette holds her newborn infant in the small health care clinic in Ouango, located in the outskirts of Bangui. She is one of the lucky mothers who have given birth to all eight of her children in a health clinic - which is rare. Two thirds of the population of the Central African Republic live below the poverty line. Many women across the country cannot afford to go to a clinic, thus, give birth at home. Home births are often without medical assistance and the maternal mortality rate is 948/100 000 live births. There are approximately 126 infant deaths per 1000 live births.

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