Tanzania reports on success in promoting maternal healthListen /
Each year, nearly 300,000 women across the globe die during what is normally a happy occasion: giving birth.
That's more than the population of several of the small island states in the Pacific and the Caribbean.
In Tanzania, it is estimated that 23 families a day are robbed of their mothers who die due to complications while giving birth.
These maternal deaths are simply unacceptable, says the country's President, Jakaya Kikwete. For this reason, Tanzania and its health partners have been scaling up efforts to protect pregnant women and their babies.
The photo shows the participants at a UN press conference on Tuesday announcing the results of the Innovative Maternal Health Programme in Tanzania. They are (from left): New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Dr. Helen Agerup, founder of the Agerup Foundation.
Dianne Penn reports