Thursday, November 17, 2011

What kills 1 in 8 Afghan women?

My husband loves me. I know because he invites me to lunches at his hospital about solutions to global health disparities and he forwards me links about really interesting stuff... like this.

According to the World Health Organization, in developing countries, pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among women in their reproductive years. In the developed world, one out of 4,300 women will die as a consequence of pregnancy.That number is one in 31 in sub-Saharan Africa, and a staggering one out of eight women dies giving birth in Afghanistan. The real tragedy is the fact that one-third of these deaths could be prevented if women had access to voluntary family planning.

Now, whatever your view of Ted Turner or the UN even the Guttmacher Institute, one thing is for certain: improving the lives of mothers through education, healthcare, and women's rights/equality is in the best interest of children. In fact, it is probably the most important intervention  we can make in the quest for ethical adoptions. Because it is preventative... and what's that they say? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Improving care and increasing opportunities for women reduces the number of children who are orphaned through the death of a parent/parents, and reduces the number of children who are placed for adoption due to poverty or other social ills. Additionally, while it is not mentioned in the article, improving the lives of women helps other vulnerable populations (such as the elderly) since women are most often the primary, or only, caregivers of these vulnerable individuals in un/underdeveloped nations.

What are your favorite ways to assist women to get the health care and educational opportunities they need?


Lauren said...

I made it my profession.
Sadly I am not able to practice that right now, due to circumstance, and have become a frustrated reposter of articles like you've linked to instead!

theadoptedones said...

Vote for politicians who actually want to make a difference to actual women, famlies, children, living conditions, instead of war on women.

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