Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thousands of Indian women die needlessly in maternal deaths

In Uttar Pradesh, caste discrimination is an ingrained part of the medical system, doctors and activists say.

“Upper-caste health workers refuse to visit Dalit communities,” said Lenin Raghuvanshi, a rights activist. Because of that “pregnant Dalit women do not get (nutritional) supplements and the majority of them are anemic.”

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