Tomorrow night, Friday 17th December 2010, ABC News will kick of a new series called, "Be the Change: Save a Life" at 10pm. This series will be a yearlong project to focus attention on the diseases and health conditions that disproportionately afflict the world's poorest people, and it will be led by "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer and ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.
From pregnant women to newborns, children and adults, the program will examine six of the world’s top health problems, and share simple and practical ways you can make an immediate difference. Maternal health and UNFPA’s Clean Birthing Kits for Women in Emergencies will be spotlighted in the series. The kit is designed for pregnant women who are unable to get to a health facility in time, due to a crisis or emergency situation. Over the last five years UNFPA has distributed more than one million clean birthing kits in emergency situations globally. In 2010, these kits helped women in Haiti, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, DRC, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
In one of the episodes, Diane Sawyer will visit a maternity ward at a medical center in Brooklyn, USA to learn about maternal health issues before traveling abroad to countries like Afghanistan. Watch the trailer to learn more: