PBS to Air Haiti Maternal Mortality Documentary


January 29, 2010
Rachel Leonard, 2010 Spring Intern

The PBS newsmagazine show NOW will air a documentary on maternal mortality in Haiti tonight, Friday, January 29.

The recent earthquake only exacerbated the dangers mothers face in Haiti during childbirth. Even before the quake, Haiti had the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western hemisphere. The trend is deadly, yet correctable.

The documentary features the work of members of the Haitian Health Foundation, which operates a network of health agents in more than 100 villages, engaging in pre-natal visits, education, and emergency ambulance service for pregnant women. A NOW team will also report on the United Nations Population Fund, which trains midwives to share life-saving techniques and serve in rural communities.

The show is a co-production with the Bureau for International Reporting. For more information, visit PBS. The documentary will be online beginning Friday night.

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