Is Maternal Health an Issue of Security?

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To date, more than 350,000 women die annually due to pregnancy related complications of which,  99% of the deaths occur in developing nations, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Fortunately, most of these deaths are preventable if sufficient funds and resources are allocated. Furthermore, when knowledge and technology to eradicate maternal mortality is abundant, it is unacceptable that this issue is not being dealt with high importance

In this article I discuss why maternal mortality is not getting the due attention and I explore the possibility of securitizing maternal health to solve the problem. Lastly, I discuss the drawbacks of securitization and if they are applicable in the case of maternal mortality.

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