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New Campaign from BRAC USA to Save Mothers' Lives in High-Risk Countries
Date:5/9/2013

health, BRAC's maternal health programs also organize village committees that conduct awareness campaigns and other initiatives of their own design to educate their communities about the benefits of and challenges around maternal health.

Through community health promoters and village committees, supported by a smaller group of locally-hired staff, BRAC achieves real value for money and scale. For example in Sierra Leone, BRAC estimates cost of coverage at $23 per covered household per year, and expects to reach 142,800 women and adolescent girls and in eight districts from 2013-2014.

BRAC's maternal health program has contributed to staggering progress in its home country of Bangladesh. The country's nationwide maternal mortality rate went from 800 per 100,000 births in 1990 to 194 per 100,000 births in 2010. For the period of 2007-2010, in Bangladesh's urban areas where BRAC's maternal health program operates, there was a reduction in home delivery from 86 percent to 25 percent, automatically lowering the chance of maternal mortality. In the areas around Dhaka where the program operates, the maternal mortality rate by 2010 was below the national average, at 135 per 100,000 births. In rural areas where BRAC's maternal health program operates, progress over the same period shows an increase in hospital delivery from 15 percent to 30 percent, and reduction of maternal mortality to 157 per 100,000 births.

BRAC USA's No Mother Stands Alone campaign invites supporters to help bring that same progress to countries like Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Liberia that need it most.

About BRAC and BRAC USA
BRAC, a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972, is a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 100,000 employees, it is the world's largest nongovern
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