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As part of the Pulitzer Center’s commitment to raising awareness for the under-reported issue of global maternal mortality, the center has launched a new interactive site , Dying for Life, dedicated to maternal health reporting projects.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

“Dying for Life is a response to this crisis [maternal ill health and death], viewing motherhood as a continuum that encompasses reproductive health, family planning, pregnancy, childbirth and infant and maternal mortality. Our forward-looking reporting includes dispatches from Guinea Bissau, India, Mexico, Ethiopia and Nigeria. We hope you’ll join the global conversation by engaging with the journalists, and sharing your own stories about maternal health and its impact on your community.”

Click here to visit, Dying for Life, the new interactive site.

The Pulitzer Center has also partnered with Helium to launch a Global Maternal Health Writing Contest, launched on May 24th.

“We want to know your thoughts on questions raised by Pulitzer Center-sponsored reporting projects around the globe – and the winning essays will be showcased on the Pulitzer Center’s website and on Helium. Winning writers will also receive a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award.”

The deadline for the Global Maternal Health Writing Contest is Thursday June 24 and winners will be announced on Wednesday July 7.

Click here for contest details.

Click here for information on recent Pulitzer Center reporting projects with a focus on maternal health.

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The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently identified maternal mortality as a priority issue that demands more coverage–and has made a commitment to support reporting projects that draw attention to the under-reported issue of international maternal mortality. In January, I blogged about Marco Vernaschi’s project in Guinea Bissau. The center is now supporting additional projects on maternal mortality–one in India and another in Mexico.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

India Casts a Light on Mothers in the Dark, Hanna Ingber Win

“…This project will assess India’s efforts to improve its maternal health and explore why Assam, a northeastern state known for its beauty yet plagued by high levels of poverty, has the nation’s highest maternal mortality rate. Reporter Hanna Ingber Win will travel with boat clinics along the Brahmaputra River to visit remote villages that do not have electricity, toilets or roads, let alone health services…”

Learn more about the India project.

The Struggle for Health in Chiapas, Samuel Loewenberg

“…Samuel Loewenberg reports from two of Mexico’s poorest states, Chiapas and Oaxaca, on the social and political forces that impact the health crises affecting the poor and indigenous communities here. Chiapas and Oaxaca have the worst records in the country for maternal mortality, deaths by cervical cancer, and diarrheal illness among children. The rate of infant death for Chiapas is three times that of the natioanl average, and nearly twice as many new mothers die in Oaxaca as in wealthier parts of the country…”

Learn more about the Mexico project.

Visit the Pulitzer Center blog, Untold Stories.

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The Pulitzer Center recently asked readers and Twitter followers what international stories deserve more attention in the year ahead and settled on a list of five crises–including maternal mortality–to focus on in 2010.

Untold Stories: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

” As an organization whose primary mission is to surface under-reported global issues, we know all too well that the number of such stories reaches far beyond what any short list could capture. Every month we receive proposals for stories around the world that deserve our attention. While last year we were able to support close to 50 global reporting projects, we cannot count the number of compelling proposals we had to turn down. In selecting the issues for this list that we feel are most important to highlight in the upcoming year, we focused on overarching systemic crises that we have covered and believe are important to continue covering.”
The center has decided to focus on maternal mortality, water, food insecurity, women and children issues, and fragile states in 2010.

A Focus on Maternal Mortality

“According to the World Health Organization, hundreds of thousands of women die each year from complications from childbirth due to ineffective or inaccessible health care. The Pulitzer Center has funded work on this issue with its reporting project covering maternal mortality in Guinea-Bissau and will focus on maternal mortality in more depth and across multiple regions in 2010.”

Click here for a recent post on this blog that highlights the Pulitzer Center’s current coverage of maternal mortality in Guinea-Bissau.

Click here to read more about the Pulitzer Center’s focus on food insecurity, water, women and children issues, and fragile states.

Click here to visit the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting website.

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Guinea-Bissau: Dying for Treatment is the name of Marco Vernaschi’s reporting project on health care in Guinea-Bissau, supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Vernaschi’s project is tracking the story of extremely  limited access to quality health care in Guinea-Bissau, with a focus on the issue of maternal mortality.

Take a look at his photo essay that uses images to expose what  life and death are like for pregnant women in Guinea-Bissau. These photos are some of the most powerful I have ever seen.

Click here to see the photo essay.

Also, take a look at this 30 minute video that outlines many of the factors that contribute to limited access and poor quality of care in Guinea-Bissau—and the human implications of these problems.


Click here to visit the website for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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More women in Guinea-Bissau are opting to give birth in hospitals instead of at home with traditional birth attendants—and doctors hope this will lead to a significant reduction in the maternal death rate

IRIN Humanitarian News and Analysis

According to UNFPA, this year 38% of women in Guinea-Bissau gave birth in a hospital—up from only 29% in 2003.

“The government has been running a countrywide campaign to reduce maternal mortality by encouraging women to visit hospitals and clinics for pre-natal consultations, and providing them with mosquito nets as an incentive.”

Read the full story here.

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