An estimated 529,000 women die a year - at least one woman every minute - from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, leaving behind children who are more likely to die because they are motherless.
99% of these deaths occur in the developing world, and more than a third occur in crisis areas.
75% of all maternal deaths are due to five causes, all of which can be treated.
Nearly a third of pregnancy-related deaths are prevented with the availability of family planning.
Over 137 million women have unmet contraceptive needs.
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Visit some sites to read more:
- Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium
- RAISE Initiative: Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies
- RH Reality Check (visit our Reader’s Diary! RHRefugee)
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Write an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor:
Writing an article or letter to your local paper can be the best way to raise an issue with your community.
Organize An Event:
Presentations are a useful way of introducing the topic of reproductive health in areas affected by crisis, especially to an audience that may not have previous knowledge in these subjects. Presentations can lay the foundation for awareness and future action.
Movie showings are an informative and engaging way of raising awareness in your community. By selling refreshments at the movie screening, you can also turn the event into a fundraiser (do not charge admission for the actual film, as that violates copyright and screening laws).
Some appropriate films on the topic of reproductive health in crisis areas include:
- The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (2007, 72 min.) www.thegreatestsilence.org
- Dead Mums Don’t Cry (2005, 49 min.)
See a clip here.
- Our Bodies…Their Battleground: Gender-Based Violence during Conflict, a UN Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) film (2004; 19 min.)
Invite a Guest Speaker
Hosting a guest speaker is a great way to learn more about the topic from someone who works in the field and has first-hand experience in dealing with this issue. Guest speakers provide a more in-depth and personal approach to raising awareness about reproductive health in crisis areas.
Some ideas for guest speakers you can host in your community:
- Local college professors
- Expert from an international organization
See some Creative Ideas for Students