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Although the African continent has only 12% of the world’s population, it accounts for at least half of all maternal, newborn, and child deaths. Approximately 4.4 million children and 265,000 mothers die each year in sub-Saharan Africa from complications that can be easily prevented or treated. Furthermore, factors such as high level of poverty, burden of chronic diseases, weakened health systems and infrastructure, low density of skilled/trained health care workers particularly in rural areas, high illiteracy, limited access to basic education, and food insecurity all contribute to the poor health status of women and children in many of the developing countries within Africa. Our Stories>>