Ensuring Maternal and Newborn Health during Disasters

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The impact of the tsunami on communities and health infrastructure in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other Asian and African nations has increased risks to surviving newborns and pregnant women in those areas and made them more vulnerable to infections, hypothermia, dehydration, and diarrheal diseases. Pregnant women may be more susceptible to premature deliveries and miscarriages as well; many are traumatized by the loss of family, community, and support systems. It is critical that the following support systems and supplies are in place to meet the special needs of survivors. 

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