Celebrated New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has traveled extensively through West Africa as the benefactor of the newspaper’s “Win-a-Trip” contest, a program that gives students the opportunity to join him on an international reporting trip. Today, his column focused on the broken maternal health system he has observed in Sierra Leone, the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
Drawing on moving anecdotes about actual women who died or lost a baby in childbirth, he illuminates the problems that prevent the administration of adequate healthcare in the region. You can read his excellent, stirring column here. Kudos to Mr. Kristof for consistently championing a higher quality of care for the women who need it most. This isn’t the first time he’s used his column to promote maternal and women’s health issues. Check out his past coverage below:
A “P.S.” on Maternal Health and Abortion — A rundown of the organizations at the front lines in the battle for better maternal healthcare.
Saving Mothers, One at a Time — A guest column from missionary doctor Sue Makin about the maternal health situation in Malawi.
Childbirth by flashlight — The influence of lighting technology on healthy deliveries.
Pregnant (Again) and Poor — A call for effective global family planning efforts.
The Illiterate Surgeon — A look at the devastating impact of obstetric fistulae on women’s lives.