As world leaders attend the Millenium Development Goals summit in New York, Amnesty International launches its Maternal Death Clock, which keeps track of the total number of maternal deaths worldwide.
“The maternal death clock is a stark reminder to world leaders coming to NY for the MDG summit of the scandal that is maternal mortality,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general.
“About every 90 seconds, a woman dies when giving birth, though most of these deaths are preventable.
“It is time for governments to deliver on their promises and ensure the human rights of the world’s poorest are upheld.”
The Maternal Death Clock counter started at 0900 EST on Monday 20 September. You can see it on the front page of Amnesty International’s website.
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls continue to die in pregnancy and childbirth each year. Most of them live in developing countries and low-income communities.
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