Rights Group Campaigns to End Sierra Leone ‘Emergency’

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Amnesty International has kicked off a campaign to raise awareness around Sierra Leone’s appalling level of maternal mortality, in a bid to pressure authorities to do more to guarantee both women and children’s rights. One in eight women faces death during pregnancy and childbirth in Sierra Leone, one of the world’s highest rates of maternal mortality. A vast majority of those deaths are from preventable conditions, AI charged in a recent report (.pdf), “Out of Reach: The Cost of Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone.” Poverty, ignorance, institutionalized discrimination, tradition and distance combine to prevent many women from ever reaching professional […]

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