This video is called Every half-hour a woman dies during childbirth in Afghanistan.
From the New York Times in the USA:
Pregnancy and childbirth kill more than 536,000 women a year, more than half of them in Africa, according to the World Health Organization.
Most of the deaths are preventable, with basic obstetrical care. Tanzania, with roughly 13,000 deaths annually, has neither the best nor the worst record in Africa. …
Women in Africa have some of the world’s highest death rates in pregnancy and during childbirth. For each woman who dies, 20 others suffer from serious complications, according to the W.H.O. “Maternal deaths have remained stubbornly intractable” for two decades, Unicef reported last year. In 2000, the United Nations set a goal to reduce the deaths by 75 percent by 2015. It is a goal that few poor countries are expected to reach.
After Sierra Leone, Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world with at least 1,600 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to UNFPA and the UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF).
The “new” Afghanistan of George W. Bush, who claimed to wage his destructive war to liberate Afghan women. And, since this year, the Afghanistan where Barack Obama is escalating the war, instead of breaking with the disastrous legacy of his predecessor.
By the way, Sierra Leone, the only country above Afghanistan on this tragic list, has also been on the receiving end of “humanitarian” Western military intervention.
Health researchers released a study on Tuesday which found that over two million babies and mothers die worldwide each year from childbirth complications, outnumbering child deaths from malaria and HIV/Aids: here.
Human rights activists staged a die-in at a busy London station on Saturday to highlight the number of women who die in childbirth around the world each year: here.