Recent reports on difficult births and pregnancies by celebrities such as Beyonce, Serena Williams, Alyson Feild, and Olympic Tori Bowie, along with the death of the Olympian Tori Bowie in childbirth have brought to light the dangers that are often overlooked when it comes to maternal and child mortality.
In a new report published by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the global health philanthropic group highlights lagging progress in achieving United Nations (UN) goals for lowering mother and child deaths, along with innovative ways of addressing the problems with relatively inexpensive and easy to implement solutions that the group projects could cut such deaths by as much as half, saving 2 million lives
“Every death matters,” says Bill Gates, of the group’s decision to draw attention to maternal and child mortality. In the current situation, the UN Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by 2030. These goals are to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths to below 70 per 100,000 births. Since 2015, the maternal mortality rate has been stuck at 150-160 per 100,000 live births, while child mortality is between 16-18 per 1,000.