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Lira Hospital in Uganda

Mother and Child Mortality

Lira Hospital in Uganda

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Even as medicine improves, things change slowly in some areas of the world. In Uganda, maternal and newborn mortality is still high at 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births and 27 newborn deaths per 1,000 live births. Deaths that could be prevented. Many women in Lira Hospital wait for their turn to become mothers, though many succeed at it many only give birth. The disparities in maternal and neonatal mortality around the world are obscene. 94% of all maternal deaths happen in poor countries and everyday approximately 800 women die from preventable complications during childbirth. Compared to the rest of the world, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia still today have the highest rate of neonatal mortality. Inequality is a powerful predictor of maternal and infant death. In this photo essay I accompany the women at Lira Hospital in Uganda through their intimate experience of giving birth. Thanks to their kindest permission this photo essay can show what the statistics of inequality really mean.