Urban Mothers Walk for Maternal Health
Saturday morning, Robin, Nalucha (our managing director), and I walked in the Urban Mothers 7K Walk for Maternal Health. Anyone that is reading my blog probably knows how passionate I am about maternal child health, so when I found out about this walk I instantaneously knew I would be taking part in it. Awareness and education about maternal and child health is so incredibly important everywhere in the world, but especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Zambia, the current maternal mortality rate is 280 deaths per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate is 56 infant deaths per 1,000 live births (World Bank Data). Comparatively, the Maternal Mortality rate in the U.S. is about 28 deaths per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate is about 6 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The facts and statistics prove the heart-rending truth: most of these deaths are 100% preventable with increased awareness, education, and access to health services.
Saturday morning began with a 6:15am wake up to attend the Urban Mothers 7K Walk for Maternal Child Health. Although the flyer said the walk started at 6:30, we were warned to arrive late. So, we ordered a taxi to pick us up at 6:45. The driver came at about 7, and we arrived at the walk at 7:20. Even arriving almost an hour late, we were two of the first people there. The walk didn’t end up starting until about 8:30… a little thing called Zambian time :)