Every Mother Counts
Becoming a Mother is a life changing experience but in some instances it's life threatening. We think of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth as something from our history books but sadly this isn't the case. Amnesty International state that every 90 seconds a woman will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. That’s over 350,000 women every year dying unnecessarily. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable.
Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns experienced life threatening complications after giving birth to her daughter. Although there was a happy ending for Christy, it made her realise that she was one of the lucky ones. In order to bring more attention to the problems of maternal healthcare, she has recently created and directed a documentary 'No Woman, No Cry.'
The documentary focuses on the real-life stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world (Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and USA). The film premiers on May 7th 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Improving Maternal Health is listed at number 5 on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Sounds easy? Not when you look at the statistics:
- Tanzania has only 90 obstetricians and gynecologists for
17 million women
- Guatemala has 41 nurses and midwives per 10,000 women
- In Bangladesh 82% of all births occur without a skilled provider
Undervaluing women and their health requirements seems to be a global problem. Comprehensive pre and postnal care need not be expensive so why is it still so difficult for millions of women around the world to receive adequate healthcare?
Education is key to improving the current situation and those frightening statistics.