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A local health worker from Ethiopia, Aster has dedicated her life to ensuring the health of mothers and children in her community. She traverses over seven miles daily on foot, and has saved countless lives along the way.
Ade Yunarsih starts her newborn visits each day at 6 a.m., averaging 20 to 30 house calls for each week and delivering about ten babies each month. She?s been keeping this schedule, more or less, for 15 years in the village of Kampung Cirendeng, Indonesia. Ade is the person mothers turn to when they are pregnant, when they are giving birth and when their children become sick.
The extraordinary challenges and hard-won successes around maternal and newborn healthcare in Moba, a region along the shore of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, form the center of this short film about the power of basic maternal health education in saving lives.
Ayneshet, a health extension worker in Ethiopia, is dedicated to educating women about the benefits of family planning. She helps women realize that reducing the number of births decreases the chances of complications and increases the likelihood of rising from poverty.
Jermain Romeize is suffering complications during childbirth in post-earthquake Haiti. Fortunately, she is being looked after in a maternity hospital, which was built entirely out of shipping containers as a rapid response to the earthquake.
Contraceptives are difficult to get hold off in rural Sierra Leone. As a result, many young couples end up with more children than they can take care of, a strain on both the family's budget and the mother's health. But a new program is teaching young mothers about family planning and providing free birth control.
Ramkeshari Shrethsa has been teaching women in Kathmandu about family planning for nearly two decades, since before climate change decimated the once-clockwork rainy season. Ramkeshari's daughter Renu is studying for a career in family planning education and believes it decreases the demand for shrinking natural resources.
Fatima Said Yesuf's family lost everything in a flash flood. They now live with about 20 other families in a relocation camp of corrugated metal shacks covered with plastic tarps. She has turned to family planning keep from becoming pregnant again, so she can focus on raising the six daughters she already has.
Infrequent rains have dried out the soil in parts of Nepal's terai, a region of rolling plains on the Indian border where Sarada Chaudhary lives, and an expanding population has meant more trees felled for firewood. Yet Sarada sees great potential in the women in her group to improve their own lives, and also to help preserve the forest.
Most Ethiopian women deliver their babies at home without the aid of a trained birth attendant, increasing the chances of complications for both mother and child. World Health Organization Global Ambassador Liya Kebede confronts the challenges facing mothers and newborns in her home country, and discovers how new programs are helping shift the odds in their favor.
Concern Worldwide's Child Survival Program has revolutionized maternal and child health by utilizing established local leaders to spread knowledge throughout the communities about how to access hospitals and healthcare. It has laid a foundation within the community and with local actors that is saving lives on a grassroots level.