A Message from Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance

By: Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance

As you meet in Washington DC this week, there are some very encouraging signs of progress on maternal health which we all want to improve further. The issue is on the international political agenda as never before; new global figures suggest maternal mortality rates are coming down in some places, and we have seen in recent years how the movement for change is rapidly growing around the world. There are today many thousands of White Ribbon Alliance members now in 150 countries around the world uniting to press for change and holding leaders to account for their promises.

Collecting Stories of Mothers and Babies Saved

At the Women Deliver 2010 conference, White Ribbon Alliance along with UNFPA will be debuting a multimedia exhibition called, "Stories of Mothers Saved." To celebrate the exhibit, they are hosting a countdown to Women Deliver with blog posts from people all over the world who have contributed to their multimedia exhibition. These blog posts include, Francois Zoungrana from Burkina Faso, Jameel Aldrbashi from Palestine, Smita Maniar from India, and Ahsan Mehboob from Pakistan.

Corporate Partner: Delivering for Women

By: Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen, CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen 

Women deliver in so many ways. It is usually a woman who gives so much of herself without hesitation, negating her needs to serve those of others.

She is the mother who patiently sifts through the dust for stray grains of rice to feed her malnourished children. She is the wife who lovingly cares for a husband with tuberculosis. She is the family’s caregiver who walks seven kilometers every day to fetch water from a brown river so her family can drink. And she never complains.  

That same woman suppresses her own dreams of education to do piecemeal work to pay for her children’s school fees. And when her youngest child spikes a fever in the middle of the night, she will barter whatever she can to get a truck driver to carry them to the nearest clinic three villages away. She doesn’t know how she will pay for medication if available, or for the long trip home. But through sheer determination, she’ll find a way.

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