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BBC Documentary on Maternal Health

The BBC has produced a new multi-series documentary called “Survival” that includes a 45-minute look at maternal health in Bangladesh. To capture the true story, the filmmakers traveled to a remote area in the North East of Bangladesh and filmed the labor of a young woman, Morjina, in her small hut with the aid of traditional birth attendant, or dhai.

BBC “Survival” on Maternal Health

UK -- The BBC has produced a new multi-series documentary called "Survival" that includes a 45-minute look at maternal health in Bangladesh. To capture the true story, the filmmakers traveled to a remote area in the North East of Bangladesh and filmed the labor of a young woman, Morjina, in her small hut with the aid of traditional birth attendant, or dhai.

Bangladesh is one of the most dangerous places in the world to have a baby, and over 90% of women will give birth at home, most without the help of trained medical staff. The dhais are the most common birth attendant choice for women, and the only equipment they use are a razor blade and a piece of string for cutting and tying the umbilical cord. If there were any complications during birth, such as hemorrhage or obstructed labor, the dhai could do little to help. The film exposes the dangerous conditions in which women give birth in Bangladesh and many of the traditional customs that affect the health of the mother and the newborn child.

Specially edited short versions of the documentaries have been created and are available for free download and use (available in English, French, German and Japanese) as well as factsheets and a series of video podcasts by leading global health experts and political figures. To watch the short version, see below, or click here to watch the full-length film.

Bono Talks About Investing in Women

Last week Bono spoke at the California Women’s Conference, and he passed along some of these stats about women in Africa.

Faith-Based Organizations Unite

More than 75 religious leaders and representatives of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith-based organizations formed a global interfaith network to strengthen cooperation against the global issues of maternal death, AIDS, and poverty.

Faith-Based Organizations Unite

More than 75 religious leaders and representatives of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith-based organizations formed a global interfaith network to strengthen cooperation against the global issues of maternal death, AIDS, and poverty.

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