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March 2009

50-year-old Mabinty Conteh and her 18-month-old granddaughter Isatu are from Sierra Leone. Mabinty is holding up a photo of her daughter, who died giving birth to Isatu at the age of 20. Women in Sierra Leone have a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of dying in childbirth. The risk for women in Ireland, meanwhile, is 1 in 47,600.

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Nete Araujo

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Action on Maternal Mortality

Action on Maternal Mortality

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Not such a natural disaster

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Going Public

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'Not in our name!'

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