Entry Title: "
Maternal Mortality in Afghan"
Korea, Republic of
In Afghanistan, an astonishing number of 25,000 women die from obstetric causes per year, or 1 woman dies every 27 minutes. Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world only after Sierra Leone.
A UN report released in 2000 indicates that the national Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Afghanistan was 1,900 per 100,000 live births, whereas it was 17 in the United States. Ragh district in Badakshan province in Afghanistan has the highest MMR recorded in human history – 6,500.
My photo reportage on Afghan’s maternal mortality tells a story of a young woman, Qamar, who already had tuberculosis, later died of port-partum complications two weeks after the delivery in Badakshan province. Her death could have been prevented if proper family planning and prenatal healthcare were provided. None of the family members knew she had suffered serious tuberculosis. My story follows her from the hospital when she was recovering from her delivery to the funeral in her village. Through the journey of following this woman, I documented the process of how a woman could lose her life from such unbelievable causes.
Reduction of maternal mortality is a human rights issue for women and children. My report through one woman’s story exemplifies that lower socioeconomic status and lack of education among women could have considerable affects on maternal death in Afghanistan.