UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN/WOMEN'S ENEWS: Experts to discuss maternal health in live onlinechat 25 March 2009
25 MARCH 2009 - Partnership between UN Millennium Campaign and Women’s eNews aims to raise awareness of a main killer of young women in developing countries, despite promises by world leaders to take urgent action to end this crisis. Join the on-line discussion 25 March at 100:00 am Eastern Standard Time.
Amidst this global emergency, the UN Millennium Campaign has partnered with Women’s eNews, an online source of substantive information about issues of particular concern to women, to host a live online chat about maternal health and maternal morality. Every year, 500,000 women die while trying to give life. That’s one every single minute. The vast majority of these maternal deaths are preventable.
Join in on the on-line discussion of maternal mortality!
Who?: Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, and Dr. Jemima Dennis-Antwi, the International Confederation of Midwives' Regional Midwife Adviser for Anglophone Africa, will share firsthand experiences from the front lines of the fight against maternal mortality, in a live chat moderated by Kimberly Seals Allers, Editorial Director of Women's eNews' Black Maternal Health series.
When?: March 25, 2009 at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time
Questions for the panelists can be emailed in advance to email@example.com or typed in during the event.
Contact: Kara Alaimo
UN Millennium Campaign
Note to editors
As part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of promises made in the year 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty, improve health, education and the environment and create a global partnership for development – 189 world leaders have pledged to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters by 2015. But maternal health has seen the least progress of all of the MDGs, and the Goal is unlikely to be achieved unless urgent action is taken now.
The UN Millennium Campaign was established by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals were adopted by 189 world leaders from the north and south, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000. These leaders agreed to achieve the Goals by 2015. Our premise is simple: we are the first generation that can end poverty and we refuse to miss this opportunity. For more information, visit www.endpoverty2015.org.