Tonic wrote -
Every Mother Counts has focused efforts on the hardest hit countries in the world and one of them was just born this past weekend (Saturday, July 8th, 2011), marking a major milestone for the African continent. The Republic of South Sudan made its official debut - a triumph for democracy and a marked fresh start for a region plagued by conflict for years. Sudan (as we formerly knew it) was already one of the most dangerous places for a woman to give birth- with the southern part of Sudan disproportionately burdened.
In 2007 the UN reported that rates of pregnancy-related deaths in southern Sudan were the highest in the world—with 2,030 deaths per 100,000—whereas in the U.S. there are 17 deaths per 100,000. The south has very few medical facilities for it population, estimated at roughly 10 million and less than 5% of women have a skilled attendant by their side in childbirth. In fact, the New York Times reported Friday, that a 15-year-old girl in South Sudan has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than she does of finishing primary school.
What is our goal? We have partnered with DOC2DOCK to send a 40 foot container of unused medical equipment and supplies to Goli in South Sudan.
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