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Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone

October 12, 2008

Today’s Washington Post has a piece on maternal mortality in Sierra Leone (which is now prominently featured on the site’s homepage). The author notes:

“According to the United Nations, a woman’s chance of dying in childbirth in the United States is 1 in 4,800. In Ireland, which has the best rate in the world, it is 1 in 48,000. In Sierra Leone, it is 1 in 8.”

It’s a multi-page piece on the situation and worth a read, part of a special series from the Post on the struggles of women around the globe.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. twinshirleofblo permalink
    October 15, 2008 1:59 am

    Did anyone see the paragraph where her husband said, she stop taking her prenatal medication. The baby is going to be in quit a struggle himself for nourishment. She needed an adult with a little more education around to stay on her to take her vitiamins. Her own mother was away attending to her sick mother, so she wasn’t there to watch over the girl, and her father not knowing the ups and downs about pregnancy couldn’t help. Her husband knew she wasn’t taking her meds, but he also seem as though he doesn’t know how important they are. Fatimama should have known how important it was to take them. Even if she wanted to follow her religion and fast, taking those vitiamins and other meds should of been a priority to her, unless she was too young to know any better. SAD 😦


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