No woman should die giving birth

September 22, 2009

No woman should die giving birth

One in eight Sierra Leonean women die giving birth. Health care facilities are understaffed, lack basic equipment and medicines and are far from people's homes. Pregnant women and their families struggle to afford the costs of getting to a hospital and the costs of the care they would receive there.

It will take time and a lot of outside help to rebuild what was anyway an under-resourced health care system. But reducing maternal mortality is not impossible and should start immediately.

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