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Stopping The Maternal Death Clock and Ending Maternal Mortality

Beginning September 20 at 9am EST, the start of the Millennium Development Goals Summit, the Maternal Death Clock began to tick - keeping track of the total number of maternal deaths in the world.

September 20-22 world leaders are gathering in New York to chart a course forward on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - the framework that will guide the fight against global poverty through 2015.

The one goal aimed at decreasing maternal deaths has fallen far short of where it needs to be to meet the MDG target of cutting maternal deaths by 75% by the target date.

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. In fact, one woman dies in childbirth every 90 seconds.

Join Amnesty International in making sure that human rights are at the heart of the MDGs!

3 ways you can help end maternal deaths:
1) Add your name to our petition we're delivering to MDG Summit leaders. We've already reached our goal of collecting 10,000 signatures! But we can't stop now - let's aim for sending at least 20,000 signatures!

2) Share the Maternal Death Clock with others who will join us in the fight against maternal deaths. Copy and paste the code and add the Maternal Death Clock to your website or blog.

3) Spread the word through your social networks!
  • Twitter - Tweet this message: Every 90 sec, one woman dies giving birth. Tell MDG Summit leaders to end #maternaldeaths by 2015!
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September 24, 2010


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