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Celebrating Mother’s Day All Around The World

And remembering the hard work that needs to be done to protect mothers

It’s Mother’s Day! A day to show gestures of gratitude and appreciation for the influence mothers have in our lives and society in general. The spirit of Mother’s Day is the same all around the world: to pay tribute for raising their children, which mothers often have to do under the most difficult of circumstances.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

It cannot be adequately put into words how many women and mothers show extraordinary strength and resilience every single day of their lives to provide for and protect their families. Earning a living, making sure there is food on the table as well as protecting and raising their children. These are crucial things that they have to do often when there is lack of safety, food or shelter.

Women form the backbone of the development of our societies. Bearing this in mind, it is discouraging that there is still a large number of mothers across the world, whose health is not protected when they need it most.

Slowly, but surely, there has been made progress in reducing maternal mortality. Globally, between 2000 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio dropped from 341 to 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. Though this still means approximately 300,000 women died from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth as recent as two years ago. There is still hope for improvement on measures put in place to reduce that number.

Protecting the health of mothers doesn't require the invention of expensive and lavish technologies. Most maternal deaths can be avoided with well-known intervention. It is not necessary to excessively spend money to improve the health and survival of newborn babies; we already have the knowledge and capabilities to do so.

Solutions ranging from improved family planning and better coverage of basic medical care during and after the pregnancy to continued help from a trained midwife when a child is being born, would make a profound difference.  Mothers need an overall better access to maternal, newborn and emergency obstetric care.

The most vulnerable people have great difficulty accessing reproductive health care. Those who find it most difficult to get access to reproductive health care, especially vulnerable population groups such as poor women and adolescent girls need more effort in order to reach them and help. Aside from a lack of access to health care, 222 million women have no control over family planning.

Compassionate humanitarians all around the world, work in remote areas to improve and better the situations of women in society. For example, this can happen through better education for girls or programs that empower women, such as microcredit schemes.  While many challenges remain, it is important to remind ourselves that we have already made a lot of progress.

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