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Saving Mothers, Giving Life Recognizes First Anniversary

“This month marks the first anniversary of Saving Mothers, Giving Life, a partnership intended to aggressively reduce the number of women in the developing world who die during pregnancy and childbirth,” Celina Schocken, director of Saving Mothers, Giving Life, notes in the ONE blog. She outlines some of the program’s success over the past year, writing, “We are making progress. But we have a long way to go. Millennium Development Goal 5, which calls for a 75 percent reduction in the maternal mortality ratio by 2015, lags furthest behind all eight goals.” Schocken concludes, “Working together, with strong leadership at all levels of the health care system, we can ensure that more sons and daughters will be delivered safely and more mothers survive childbirth” (6/18).