Saving Mothers' Lives, One Village at a Time

Chris Higgins
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In Malawi, an estimated 510 women die per 100,000 live births. That's a terrifying statistic, but there is some good news—Malawi's Safe Motherhood Initiative is working to prevent these deaths. A leading advocate for Safe Motherhood is Chief Kwataine, who oversees 89 villages there.

In the video below, Chief Kwataine explains how this works. It starts with understanding the cultural landscape of Malawi, and it requires changing the culture so that people are open to talking about maternal health. Kwataine says, "In the past, you wouldn't have heard chiefs talking about Safe Motherhood. Nobody was supposed to talk about issues concerning pregnancy and childbirth. Even the husband was not aware of what is happening with his own wife."

Got two minutes to learn how village leaders are working to save mothers' and babies' lives? Have a look:

This isn't the first time Chief Kwataine has spoken out about maternal health. In 2013, he was the only male speaker in a panel discussion about maternal health. He also met with Oprah Winfrey and asked her to come to Malawi. Well done, Chief!