Barbara met Mary Robinson to discuss the campaign for Safe Motherhood and signed a giant card to help publicise the campaign.
The campaign, by the Commonwealth Secretariat and World Health Organisation aims to improve maternity services world-wide. At present 600,000 women die needlessly in childbirth each year – almost all of them in the developing world. The aim of the campaign is to cut the death rate among mothers.
At present, every minute of every day:
• One woman dies while giving birth
• Countless others are left with disabilities due to unsafe pregnancies and childbirth
• 190 women conceive an unplanned pregnancy
Mary Robinson, president of “Realising Rights: the Ethical Globalisation Initiative,” said:
“Political leaders must recognise the critical importance of women’s health. We need securely funded health systems, stronger laws to protect women’s health and respect women’s decisions on their health care and well-being.”
“This campaign aims to stop the catalogue of death among women. Childbirth should be a time for celebration – for 600,000 women a year it results in death and for thousands more in disability. This call to action by the Commonwealth Secretariat and World Health Organisation will help mothers worldwide."
Mary Robinson and Barbara at the launch of the campaign