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Combating Maternal Mortality

Hawa has had nine children, and seven have died. Hawa was determined not to lose this one.

In Sierra Leone, giving birth is dangerous. The country has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. That’s why CRS and local communities are constructing birth waiting homes in four chiefdoms in northern Sierra Leone. Since many women die within 24 hours of delivery, it is crucial that women access a health care center prior to going into labor, and also remain under medical supervision for one to two days after giving birth, says Suzanne Van Hulle, CRS’ health program manager in Sierra Leone.
Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

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