Why is Women's World Health Initiative needed? The answer? Because of a girl named, Miriam.
Miriam is a 13 year old girl who was married as the third wife to a much older man. She is pregnant. She is malnourished and has had several bouts of malaria that she barely survived. She starts to labour and is left alone to give birth. For 5 days she suffers, but her pelvis, because of her young age and malnutrition, is too small to allow the baby to pass through the canal. After 5 days of excruciating pain and exhaustion, she and the baby both die, alone.
Miriam's story is heard and replicated among thousands of young women throughout the world. For every girl/woman who dies every minute during childbirth, another 20 suffer from debilitating injury from complications. We can not continue to stand by while others needlessly suffer. We can help. You can help!