Labor Walk

In Zambia, most expectant mothers find themselves walking several miles to ill-equipped health care facilities to deliver their babies, a predicament that has led to a maternal mortality rate 10 times higher than the US.
 
The new initiative—Saving Mothers, Giving Life—aims to improve conditions. The group trains community health workers to provide assistance, works to create more transportation options, and builds small residences near hospitals where women can stay in the days before they give birth.
 
Funded mainly by the US and administered by the Zambian Ministry of Health, the project has seen maternal death rates decline by more than half at targeted facilities.
Source: Tonic (VICE)

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