Global Call to Action Against Poverty
Maternal mortality is a key area of the Amnesty International Demand Dignity campaign and so on Saturday 17 October Amnesty International decided to draw attention to the situation of maternal mortality in Peru. 100 activists, dressed in black and white masks, paraded with coffins decorated with flowers along the way to the sea under the Bridge of Sighs of Barranco in Lima.
In Peru, a woman dies every 8 hours due to complications in pregnancy, childbirth and post natal care. This is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America(180 deaths per 100,000 live births according to the government, 240 deaths according to the UN), only surpassed by Bolivia and Haiti.
More information on maternal mortality in Peru–including a short video–can be accessed here.