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

Every day, approximately 830 women die around the world from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In 2015, the World Health Organization estimated that 303,000 women died due to maternal causes. Almost all of these deaths (99 per cent) occurred in developing countries, and most could have been prevented. Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has the highest maternal mortality ratio (MMR―deaths per 1000,000 live births) in Southeast Asia. In this seminar, Dr. Estudillo will discuss the reasons for Lao PDR’s high but declining ratio of maternal deaths.

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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