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Published on May 11, 2012
Half the Sky is raising awareness to help bring an end to maternal mortality. Every 90 seconds a mother dies due to pregnancy related complications. In Somaliland, a country with one of the worst maternal mortality rates, 1 in 12 women will die giving birth. Learn more about how you can make a difference at halftheskymovement.org and donate to organizations working to end unnecessary pregnancy-related deaths:
Diane Lane: A woman is entitled to not fear for her life when conceiving a child and giving birth to that child.
Sheryl WuDunn: Every day around the world, every ninety seconds, a mother dies giving birth.
Edna Adan: In Africa women are dying of causes which could have been prevented. No woman should die of anemia; they should not be getting lacerations and fistula. The Somali woman has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. She's been ill for 3 months; she should be in hospital. We need highly trained, scientifically trained midwives. The minimum that we have here -- we can save 3 out of every 4 women who would have died maternity-related causes. You can save lives. And when mothers are saved, babies are saved. When babies are saved, families are saved. It's saving the pillar of that family: women.