It’s safe to say that maternal and child health and well-being touches nearly every aspect of development. From pre- and post- natal care, to regular check ups and vaccinations, improving healthcare for mothers and babies is critical not only for their own survival but for education and security, empowerment and poverty alleviation. If you take care of a mother, you take care of her entire community.
“People are getting to understand that maternal health is no longer a privilege it’s a basic human right,” Angela Nguku, a Kenyan midwife and national coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance said during a roundtable discussion on maternal mortality at the United Nations Foundation & Mashable Social Good Summit last week. “We don’t need to hear more about the statistics – we want leaders to take action.”
Approximately 350,000 women die each year while pregnant or in childbirth. The key now is to connect awareness with education and action.
Take a look at this cool animated video from the World Bank about making some of those connections and how strengthening health systems strengthen women — and the world.
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