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Maternal health in a changing world: A panel discussion

Dr. Sanjida Arora was invited to speak at the "Maternal health in a changing world: A panel discussion" organized by The Observer Research Foundation & the South African Consulate General to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day on Wednesday, 31st July 2019. She spoke on quality of care, specifically about gender-based violence and traumas, such as the abuse women face during childbirth. She stressed, “There is a lot of neglect of women giving birth. There is a lot of focus on the child but not the mother.” The quality of care for pregnant women is inadequate. There are barriers to receiving abortions and medical services that ultimately push women to go to expensive private hospitals or make uninformed choices about their health. She also advocated for the appropriate integration of gender issues into the medical curriculum.

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