18 Dec '11, 1am

A Million Moms to Prevent Maternal Mortality via @Care2

Last night, Diane Sawyer hosted a 20/20 special, “Giving Life: A Risky Proposition,” focused on the challenges that women and mothers face around the world. From Sierra Leone to Bangladesh, the 20/20 team traveled the globe exploring the challenges, opportunities, and successes in addressing one of the most disturbing health facts: that every 90 seconds, a woman dies in childbirth. One of the stories that particularly resonated with me was in Sierra Leone, where the 20/20 team followed a young American doctor, Erin Carey , as she spent two days in a government hospital. There, Erin saw what millions of women face around the world—unsanitary conditions, lack of trained personnel, overworked staff, incredible need, and women crying out for help. One woman Erin found in the hospital had begun to suffer from postpartum hemorrhage, or excessive bleeding after childbirth. Withou...

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