Check out this great article by Dr. Bill Frist and Senator Chris Dodd stating that “in some parts of the world, motherhood is more dangerous than war.” In particular they highlight Afghanistan, “where women have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.
Afghan mothers also suffer given the dismal odds their children face. One quarter of babies never reach their fifth birthday. In any given week, more than 6,000 Afghan children may die, mostly from easily preventable and treatable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea, and birth complications.
This weekly death toll of children matches all Afghan civilian deaths from armed conflict in the last three years – even as rising Taliban attacks spurred new highs.”
Frist, the former Senate Majority Leader and two-term Republican Senator from Tennessee, currently serves as the chairman of Save the Children’s “Survive to 5” Campaign while Dodd is a current Democratic Senator from Connecticut and author of the Global Child Survival Act. Bipartisan agreement these days can be increasingly challenging to find, but the facts here are clear: Mother and Child’s safety in Afghanistan is much more than a military issue, and needs more focus and resources.