Every year at least 350,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth. Strip away education, class and skin colour and the realities of childbirth, its pain and its risks are the same for women all over the world. Here in the west we are the lucky ones, and maternal mortality is something we read about mostly in history books. For many women it is still a real threat today. As most deaths are caused by blood loss and infection, simple and timely interventions can save lives.
Maternity Worldwide Denmark is an organisation dedicated to reducing the rates of maternal mortality, and in particular the plight of the women in the third world. With the Integrated Maternal Health Project in Western Ethiopia, MWW aims to improve women’s social and economic conditions and protect their reproductive health rights. The plan is to document this experience into a working model to be replicated in other areas around the world.