Leading global reproductive and sexual
health partnership, Marie Stopes International (MSI), is opening the doors
of the first dedicated safe motherhood and reproductive health clinic in
the Afghanistan capital, Kabul, on 10th August, 2002.
Afghanistan's need for clinics of this
type could not be more desperate. The country has the second highest number
of maternal deaths in the world, with 1,700 deaths per 100,000 live births,
resulting in 16,000 women dying annually from pregnancy-related causes.
Such a high maternal mortality rate is completely inconsistent with neighbouring