There are few moments in life as precious, and as dangerous as giving birth. Many of us have either experienced or know someone who has experienced birth-related complications and know how scary and even life-threatening this can be.
According to UNICEF, 2.4 million babies died in their first month of life in 2020. The majority of these deaths were preventable. Premature birth, infection, and labor and delivery complications are some of the leading causes of this incredible loss of life.
Infant Mortality in Afghanistan: A Story Changed By Jamie Forster, Marketing Coordinator Imagine for a moment that you are pregnant. Your local hospital recently shut down but even if it were open, you could not afford to go there. Many women and babies in your village have died in childbirth. You do not know if […]
Thousands of babies die every day around the world before they reach 28 days. Why is this happening? What can be done to stop it?
How Does Conflict Affect Newborn Babies? Written by: Executive Director, Heidi Cortez In modern-day conflicts, civilians are increasingly exposed to war. In an estimation, since 2011, one in four people in the world live in a conflict zone. Often in these conflicts, civilian locations are bombed, including healthcare facilities. War indirectly affects civilians by creating […]
Why is the infant mortality rate so high in Afghanistan? Note to the reader: Names and images have been changed to protect identities. According to the CIA website, Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. In fact, 110.6 out of every 1,000 babies born in Afghanistan do not live to see their first […]
You live in rural Afghanistan. If you leave your home, you might step on a land mine. You fear getting caught in dangerous crossfire. Traveling alone is culturally unacceptable because you’re a woman. You need a male relative to escort you, even if you’re traveling to a family member’s house nearby. You’re pregnant, expecting […]
Decades of conflict and instability have disrupted Afghanistan’s access to primary health care. This is a critical issue that affects rural Afghan families, in particular. The treacherous journey from a home to a clinic is often not worth the risk for expecting mothers. Every time they step outside the possibility of violence exists, whether it […]