UN Commission seeks to put life-saving medicines in the hands of women and children

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A mother and child lying on a bare floor at Kayunga pediatric ward in Uganda

Although maternal mortality world-wide has dropped by half over the past 20 years, millions of women and children are dying because they cannot access medicines and health supplies.  A UN Commission wants to increase provision of life-saving medicines which could prevent up to six million deaths over the next three years.  Charles Appel reports.

American girls raise awareness and money to fight child marriage in four countries

Girl Up Campaign

Every day, girls as young as five years old are robbed of their childhood because they cease being girls and instead become brides.  However, thousands of American girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who are outraged after learning about child marriage are working to fight it.  These girls are raising awareness and funds to help the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign support programmes in four countries: Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Guatemala. Gina Reiss-Wilchins is director of the Girl Up campaign.   She says there are many reasons why girls get married at a young age.

Rural girls risk it all for a better life in Ghana's capital

Sahada

Many young women who are looking for better opportunities in life have fled their homes in rural northern Ghana for the country's capital, Accra.  The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says these young women, some just girls, are running from complicated or tragic family situations, including forced marriage.  The young women are searching for safety, education and jobs in the big city, but sometimes they fall prey to people who want to take advantage of them, thus exposing them to abuse and illness, including HIV and AIDS.  Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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