Hiking five hours through rugged mountains is hard enough.
Imagine doing it nine months pregnant after your water breaks.
In Lesotho, a tiny country entirely surrounded by South Africa, that’s just one of many challenges women often face to deliver their babies in a clinic with trained professionals at their side. We’ve put together this infographic to show how different (and risky) it is to deliver a baby in Lesotho as compared to wealthy countries like the United States.
(Source: Partners in Health)
This 67-page report is the first detailed documentation of the Makombo massacre and other atrocities by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Congo in 2009 and early 2010. The report, based on a Human Rights Watch fact-finding mission to the massacre area in February, documents the brutal killings during the well-planned LRA attack from December 14 to 17 in the remote Makombo area of Haute Uele district.
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Doctors Without Borders makes it a priority to provide life-saving, emergency obstetric care in both acute and chronic humanitarian crises. Fifteen percent of all pregnancies worldwide will experience a life-threatening complication. The most critical moment is delivery: the majority of maternal deaths occur just before, during, or just after delivery, often from complications that cannot be predicted. It is at this point that the provision of quality obstetric care is vital to save women’s lives. The majority of maternal deaths are avoidable when access to emergency obstetric care is ensured.
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