Maternal Health in Assam, India

Photographs by Lynsey Addario

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For Assam's Tea Workers, Childbirth Caries Higher Risk of Death

The women who work on the tea plantations of Assam, India, have historically been subjected to long hours with little to no accommodation of their basic needs for food, hygiene, latrines, and a modified workload for pregnant and lactating women.  A majority of women who work on the plantations are anemic, and have complications with their pregnancies as a result of the anemia and malnutrition.  Assam is the state with the highest rate maternal mortality in India, with 50,000 women dying from childbirth and pregnancy-related causes in 2013.

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