WATCH! Keira Knightly on maternal health

17 March 2010



Whether you lavished your Mum with tissue-wrapped goodies from Whistles and made her a lovely lunch while she put her feet up, or you sheepishly palmed her off with some petrol-scented carnations on Sunday, around the world many aren’t in as fortunate position as us. Millions of women each year are dying needlessly in childbirth.

Pregnancy is not a disease, yet it kills one woman every minute. Almost all of these deaths are preventable and 95% of them occur in developing countries. Poverty, violence and a lack of education all contribute.

We think the following statistic is the one of the most shocking: the lifetime risk of maternal death here in the UK is only one in nearly 16,700; in Sierra Leone it is one in eight. It doesn’t have to be this way. Amnesty international are encouraging us all to join their campaign to help improve maternal health round the world.

Grazia’s Editor in Chief Jane Bruton and deputy Marianne Jones take this issue so seriously that they’re running the London marathon in support of Ammesty’s campaign - see page 32 of this week’s Grazia, about the maternity ward in Tanzania where a woman dies every hour from preventable complications in childbirth.

Annie Lennox, Keira Knightly and Dervla Kirwan are onto it too – so get involved today. Amnesty Protect the Human.


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