Daring, Caring & Sharing to Save Mothers' Lives
Raising Awareness for Mothers' Health – UN MDG # 5
Every day, nearly 800 women and girls suffer and die during pregnancy and childbirth — more than 280,000 deaths per year. That’s one mother dying every 2 minutes! Yet, this global tragedy remains persistently under-reported, undervalued and widely misunderstood.
This global challenge has been addressed by the United Nations with the UN Millennium Development Goal # 5 — 'Improve Maternal Health" and with the new UN Sustainable Development Goal # 3 — determined by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
To join in raising awareness for this worldwide concern, NIGH launched a three-year campaign called 'Daring, Caring & Sharing to Save Mothers' Lives' — near the United Nations Headquarters in New York City — and then devoted our work to global online outreach. Across the 24 months following this launch, our campaign website received 3.5 million hits from more than 90,000 unique visitors from 146 nations and territories. This campaign has become a prototype for the work NIGH will be developing in the near future.
The video featured below has been created for people from around the world to be introduced to this Campaign and to connect with the deep concern and commitment expressed at this Launch event. It captures highlights from the 'Interfaith Celebration of Maternal Health' — convened on October 21st, 2012 at St Bart's Church in New York City — as the Global Campaign Launch of the 'Daring, Caring & Sharing to Save Mothers' Lives' — featuring UN MDG # 5, 'Improve Maternal Health.' The photo above is captured from this video during the Launch's candlelight vigil of nurses, midwives and students from across the world.
Beneath the video, please find a full-four color 16-page 'keepsake' Leaflet of this Launch is included as a download available to you. It features the full program — with names of all speakers and students participating — as well as remembering and appreciating the Campaign's Sponsors. THANKS also to our videographers Jen Heck and Ezra Peace!