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Throughout the world, many young women living in poverty risk death or serious illness because they lack clean facilities for childbirth. In Rwanda or Malawi, one woman out of every 35 dies as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. Lesotho is one of the few countries in the world where the number of women dying during childbirth has increased over the last decade. Worldwide, nearly 350,000 needless maternal deaths orphan millions of children every year, according to the World Health Organization.
GreaterGood.org supports Partners In Health's efforts to reduce the risk of childbirth by providing birth and maternity kits for mothers-to-be in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, or Lesotho. The birth kits contain exam gloves, razors, umbilical cord clamp, sterile gauze, washcloth, and soap or antibacterial wipes.
The following video shows more about PIH's efforts to help women in Africa experience safe childbirth:
To support PIH's effort is Lesotho, please click here.