6 Simple Ways to Save the World
Big Problem: DEADLY HOME BIRTHS
An estimated 800 women die every day giving birth or from pregnancy complications—many as a result of infections and hemorrhages. Nearly all of these deaths occur in developing countries, where women routinely give birth at home without the benefit of a trained attendant.
Simple Solution: A DELIVERY KIT
In Bangladesh, where maternal mortality rates have been among the highest in the world, the nongovernmental organization BRAC sells a 40-cent, pocket-size "delivery kit," which includes gauze, carbolic soap (for disinfecting hands), a sterile plastic sheet, and a thread to tie off the umbilical cord and a surgical blade to cut it. To date, BRAC has distributed more than 2.6 million such kits, which are credited with playing a role in the 55 percent reduction in the maternal mortality rate in Bangladesh over the past 15 years.
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