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In the twenty-first century, maternal death should not be a bi-product of bringing life into the world.
The Mothers of Africa Sponsored Quilt Project,co-ordinated by Cardiff School of Art and Design Technician Demonstrator Maggie Cullinane, invites schools, colleges, craft and textile groups and individuals with a love of fabric, to create squares for quilts which will be exhibited in this country before being taken out to Zambia. All are welcome to join the project irrespective of age, location or ability, provided that they contribute to the fundraising in some way. This can be through sponsorship or donation, or by organising a raffle or some other fundraising event. For more information please visit www.moaquilt.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is often said that childbirth is the most natural thing in the world, but sadly all too often Mother Nature needs a helping hand. In the western world, we take it for granted that when we have our families there will be midwives and doctors to keep us healthy and see that our babies are brought safely into the world. In many parts of Africa, women are not so lucky.
· The number of mothers that dies in childbirth every single day in Africa is equivalent to 3 full passenger loads of a Boeing 747 -n about 1500 wome
· In Africa, a woman’s risk of dying from treatable or preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth over the course of her lifetime is 1 in 6, compared to 1 in 7,300 in developed regions.
· In a country like Benin, there are 11 anaesthetists in a country of 11 million. There are 140 anaesthetists in Cardiff alone!
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