Jun 4, 2010

Horror in Sierra Leone - Unnecessary Maternal Death

AUTHOR:Photographs by Lynsey Addadio/Vll NetworkSOURCE:Time Magazine

Time magazine in its current issue displays a photo-essay of a woman in Sierra Leone dying within hours after delivery due to uncontrolled bleeding. She was unable to access care to a physician and/or medications to stop the bleeding. This scenario is not uncommon because post-partum bleeding most commonly occurs within 48 hours after delivery. Life For Mothers is implementing a strategy where women after delivery would be monitored and treated in the event this condition occurs. Not even photos of this tragedy can remotely come close to describing the horror of this event. Only when political will, good governance along with civil society are fully commited can we change this landscape. Join Life For Mothers in this fight to save mothers and newborns from unneessary deaths. Here's the link to the article: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1993805,00.html

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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