Wednesday, July 8, 2009

WRA Reminds G8 to Pay Attention to Moms

As world leaders come together at the G8 meetings in Italy this week, the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) has launched a new video and an Atlas of Birth to draw attention to the problem of maternal death during childbirth.

According to WRA, maternal death is the greatest health inequity of the 21st century. Every minute, a woman dies while giving birth. In fact, more women die in the developing world from pregnancy than from any other cause.

Earlier this week, certified nurse-midwife Anne Hyre, director of the ACNM Department of Global Outreach, joined WRA delegates to present a petition to the US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Health Issues from millions of health care workers urging action at the G8. What can you do to help? Join WRA (it’s free!), and remind world leaders of their promise to correct the scandalous state of global maternal health. Visit the White Ribbon Alliance online to learn more about how you can take action for the cause.

Image source: White Ribbon Alliance

Left to right: Catharine Taylor (WRA Board Member & Director of Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition at PATH); Anne Hyre (Director of Global Outreach at the American College of Nurse-Midwives); Betsy McCallon (Deputy Director of White Ribbon Alliance); Melanne Verveer (U.S. Department of State's Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues); Rachel Vogelstein (U.S. Department of State, Senior Policy Advisor); Jen Klein (U.S. Department of State).

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