Abortion deaths from tetanus in Bangladesh
This following is an excerpt from ‘Access to Reproductive Health: A Question of Distributive Justice’, which contains information about pregnancy, abortion and contraception in different parts of the world.
About 1,000 Bangladeshi women die of preg- nancy-related tetanus every year, mostly due to inserting roots and sticks in the cervix. A national survey of tetanus deaths in hospitals identified 298 women who died from pregnancy- related tetanus. This is likely to be an under- estimate as village women are less likely to be treated in hospitals.