Maternal mortality has a huge impact on global health. If a mother dies the likely hood of a child surviving decreases. Also, if a woman is educated her health and her family’s health go up. The most mothers are dying in two regions Africa and Asia. Over three-quarters of maternal deaths are a result of direct complications of pregnancy and childbirth. These problems are not things we cannot prevent or cure, but society of these regions have not decided that women are important and need more care and attention. I think a big part of the solution is to empower women through education. Changing society is long time goal, but there are small things in health care such as training and educating personnel can make a difference. Ultimately I hope that someday the importance of women will be noticed in all societies to make a major change in health. But by our small efforts in health we can spread awareness and hopefully bridge that gap.
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Posted by benjamincrookston on December 10, 2008
Posted by ryanlindsay on December 6, 2008
According to a recent WHO press release, the Measles Initiative is working with a 74% reduction in measles cases since 2000. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has donated at least 3 million dollars to the initiative. Members of the church have also given of their time at vaccine events in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Presiding Bishop David H. Burton has said that “over 54,000 Church members volunteered to help organize the effort.”
Beyond monetary contributions, I would like to see more initiatives like this Measles vaccination program that tap into local congregations to mobilize communities. Could this serve as a model for future initiatives?