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Robinson: Malawi needs help on maternal mortality


Talks are being hosted by the UN in Ethiopia to discuss how to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth all over the world.

Malawi has the highest maternal mortality rate of any non-conflict country in the world.

Nationwide, some 16 Malawian women die every day in child birth or from related complications.

Former Irish President Mary Robinson is now a prominent women's rights campaigner and recently visited Malawi.

She told the BBC's Karen Allen that the country's situation was not helped by its doctors being "aggressively recruited" by hospitals overseas.

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