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For a Mother's Day Gift with Lasting Appeal, Invest in Women Health Workers, Says Save the Children
Date:5/4/2010

he worst place in the world to be a mother. Yet, there are signs of real progress. A government initiative to increase the number of midwives is slowly increasing access to prenatal care and skilled attendance at birth. A new Lancet study suggests a 20 percent drop in maternal deaths between 2000 and 2008. Still, mothers in Afghanistan in face a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes, versus a 1 in 47,600 risk, for example, in Ireland.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children is made up of 29 member organizations working together worldwide. www.savethechildren.org

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