Maternal mortality in Africa – Nurses give aid to a pregnant woman before delivering a baby at the maternity ward of the central hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The country has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. According to the World Health Organization's Trends in Maternal Mortality report, 90% of these deaths are preventable.
Maternal mortality in Africa – According to the WHO, every 90 seconds a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication somewhere in the world leaving children to grow up with out their mother. Here five-year-old Peter Otieno stands in the inside courtyard of the preschool he attends in Kenya. Peter is HIV positive and became infected after his mother gave birth to him. Both his father and his mother have passed away.
Maternal mortality in Africa – Lack of quality medical facilities is a reason behind the high maternal mortality rate in Africa. A pregnant woman arrives to give birth at a maternity ward run by Medecins Sans Frontier (Doctors Without Borders) on April 23, 2011 in the Abobo quarter of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Maternal mortality in Africa – A south Sudanese pregnant mother with her children waits at their homestead in Terekeka, 82 km north of Juba, an area where the population is exposed to malaria. According to Mutoko, in most African rural areas, expectant mothers are mostly taken care of by traditional birth attendants at their households, rather than at hospitals.