Renewing Our Efforts For Mothers And Children In The Last 500 Days Of The Millennium Development Goals

August 18, 2014 5:50 PM

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Levels of maternal mortality, child mortality, education status, poverty and women’s participation in parliament are among the most challenging in the world. The DR Congo performs in the bottom 12 percent of countries across all indicators, and bottoms out as the single most challenging place to be a mom. • Lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 30 • One in six children will die before his or her 5th birthday • Less than nine years of formal schooling is expected • $190 gross national income per person • Women hold 8 percent of seats in national parliament Pictured at left: Florence, who gave birth to her 10th child, Aksante, within a camp near Goma after fighting broke out in their village and they fled. While she had prepared for this child by bringing baby clothes and other items, they were unfortunately stolen after her arrival at the camp.

Only 2.4 years of formal schooling is expected. Pictured at left: Asmara, who is eight months pregnant, with her two children in a camp for internally displaced people in Bosaso, Puntland. It took her 10 days and 10 nights to travel from her home in Belet Weyne in Hiran to Bosaso, and she had to lea...

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