Christy Turlington Burns and Heather Armstrong on Maternal Health
One of the most underfunded and under-serviced problems in the world is maternal health. The numbers are staggering when it comes to the amount of women who die in childbirth every day. The great news is most of these problems are wholly preventable. It is a matter of whether or not the world cares enough to make these problems seriously reduce.
Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts and No Woman, No Cry filmmaker, is committed to helping to largely eradicate maternal deaths by 2015, the year that the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations in 2000 must be met. According to Every Mother Counts 90% of all maternal deaths are preventable.
Turlington Burns recently invited Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com to travel with her to Bangladesh to see firsthand the maternal health disparities and problems that arise during childbirth.
On Monday at Mashable’s Social Good Summit, Turlington Burns discussed what led her on the path to devoting her life to educating people about the systemic worldwide maternal and child health problems. Armstrong discussed her new commitment to using her blog and voice for the larger purpose of amplifying the issue of maternal and child health and how the trip to Bangladesh changed her life and the way she now views her platform for social good.
You can watch the entire panel moderated by Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation, Kathy Calvin.
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