May 25, 2011 - 1:58am
Maternal mortality is nothing short of an epidemic. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth each year – that's one woman dying nearly every minute of every day – and millions more are left with life-altering disabilities. In some countries, one in seven women dies in pregnancy or childbirth. These women aren't dying because the health community doesn't know how to prevent their deaths; they are dying because the world is failing to help.
As a leading organization that fights global poverty by empowering women and girls, CARE has made reducing maternal mortality one of its top priorities. With more than 50 years of experience and success developing and implementing maternal and child health programs, CARE works directly with women and communities, empowering them with resources and information while affecting policies to ensure that safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right.
I am keenly interested in this plight of women. I want to spread the word and make other aware just how serious this is.
“We have to stop being polite about this issue – we need to start marching in the streets. Post-partum hemorrhage is a nice way of saying we let women bleed to death.”
– Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President, CARE USA