A campaign has started in Burkino Faso to put an end to maternal deaths, a place where more than 2,000 woman die annually due to pregnancy related complications.
Many deaths in Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, could be easily prevented if women were given access on time to adequate health care, Amnesty said in a new report.
AdvertisementHowever, it said "discrimination prevents them from accessing sexual and reproductive health services, leaving them unable to make key decisions on their pregnancies."
Forced marriage, genital mutilation, polygamy, early marriage and pregnancy all contribute to the high rate of maternal death, said Gaetan Mootoo, co-author of the report.
"Medical personnel are not always polite to women in labour. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the women had been able to receive suitable care," she added.
As part of the campaign, a caravan will tour Burkina Faso from January 28 to February 9.
The campaign is aimed at stimulating debate as Amnesty calls on political authorities to improve access to family planning services and remove financial obstacles which limit access to maternal health services.
"Maternal death is a tragedy that robs thousands of families of wives, mothers, sisters and daughters each year," said Amnesty's Claudio Cordone.
"So long as women are not allowed control over their own bodies, they will continue to die in their thousands."