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How The Cry Of A Healthy Baby Can Save The World (VIDEO)

How The Cry Of A Healthy Baby Can Save The World (VIDEO)

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.

Related Reading:

Newborn Death Rates Decline Worldwide

UN Calls For More, Better Trained Midwives

State Of The World’s Mothers

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12:32PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Empowering mothers could benefit the world. Unfortunately this is more about empowering and extending medical institutions. They have a role to play, but they sometimes come in conflict with the well-being of mothers and babies. e.g., provide unhealthy formulas, interfere with cultural practices and bonding, use unreliable or experimental medicine when none is called for... I would love to see medicine expand, but leave the arrogance behind.

1:34AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

"Millions of crying babies" could also be the sound of a lack of contraception and birth control for women. To me these issues are hand in hand.

9:17PM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I am not against maternal and child health- but more rights for women, birth control, family planning would be much better.

9:28AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Fantastic video and concept! I am touched.

8:21AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

Every sensible person would agree that providing good care for mothers and children is essential for the development of those children but to suggest that accomplishing this will "Save the World" is hyperbole in the extreme. Without going into a long list of other hazards that are threatening not just people but the entire ecosystem of the planet, I would suggest that a person who believes this is not part of the solution but, rather, a part of the problem.

4:32AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

thanks

4:25AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I would say that human overpopulation is killing the earth so quite frankly, the last sounds we need are more humans. We need birth control worldwide otherwise NASA better get funding so we can find another planet to expand too. Reality hurts.

4:25AM PDT on Sep 29, 2011

I would say that human overpopulation is killing the earth so quite frankly, the last sounds we need are more humans. We need birth control worldwide otherwise NASA better get funding so we can find another planet to expand too. Reality hurts.

4:09PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

thank you, very true that the cry of a baby being born is the best sound knowing that their lungs have unflated and they have taken that first breath.

3:50PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

thank you!1

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