Maternal Mortality in Lao PDR


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Noon Seminar Series

When: Jan 19 2018 - 12:00pm until Jan 19 2018 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125, East-West Center

Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) has the highest maternal mortality ratio in Southeast Asia, with 197 women dying in 2015 from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 live births. Most of these deaths could be prevented. Mortality is highest among women who are poor, who live in remote rural areas, who have little or no education, and who belong to ethnic minorities. To save women's lives, the Laotian government needs to do three things: increase funding to the health sector; train and employ more healthcare professionals; and provide more supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals.

Video of Jonna Estudillo's presentation on 1/19/18 at East-West Center:


Jonna P. Estudillo is currently a Professor of Development Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan and a Visiting Research Scholar at the East-West Center. She finished her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii and her M.A. and B.S. at the University of the Philippines. Before joining GRIPS, she held positions at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development in Tokyo, the University of the Philippines (Diliman and Los Banos campuses), and the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. Her research interests include gender, poverty, economic mobility, and agricultural development.


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