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MATERNAL HEALTH


STAND WITH LOCAL WOMEN IN GUATEMALA FIGHTING TO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES HEALTHY

Palm oil companies in Guatemala have expanded their plantations endangering communities who drink and bathe in the water surrounding the palm plantations and also making local people, including children, sick. Locals are fighting for clean water, but they need our help to have their voices heard.

Our elected officials must hear from us asking them to sign on to help women and children who have broken out in rashes from dirty water from surrounding palm plantations. It is even reported that little bugs appear in the spots of the rashes.

Water pollution is only getting worse in Guatemala. Please help by contacting your elected officials in Washington and tell them to get involved to help the Guatemalan people.

Thanks for your help.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Over 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation (FGM). If current trends continue, about 86 million additional girls worldwide will be subjected to the practice by 2030. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 and causes severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, and infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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MATERNAL MORTALITY IN ETHIOPIA—The number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Ethiopia has decreased, reflecting a global trend. Many nations have made progress toward reducing the number of women dying from complications during pregnancy and childbirth, in part by training more midwives and increasing female education. The majority of the world's maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

4 million—Child deaths prevented around the world by boosting mothers' education.
(American Journal of Public Health; Canadian Medical Association Journal)