Posted by in News on June 14, 2016

Pregnant Women Face Violence

Tanzania: An Interdisciplinary research project has come out with preliminary findings that in Northern Tanzania one in every three women experiences violence perpetrated by their partners during pregnancy and many report signs of depression.

Presenting the preliminary findings at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), Dr Geofrey Sigalla and Ms Jane Rogathi, said emotional violence was the most common type at 22 percent, followed by sexual violence at 15 percent while physical violence stood at six percent. “Women exposed to physical violence during pregnancy had a fourfold risk of delivering a low birthweight child and a close four times increased risk of delivering a preterm baby in comparison with women who were not exposed to physical violence,” said the MD.

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Source: Allafrica

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