What has literacy got to do with maternal health?

The simple answer?  Everything. Whilst working on safe childbirth projects in Afghanistan, I began to see that the root of addressing maternal and newborn health problems (of which Afghanistan has a poor history) began with truly empowering women.  And to … Continue reading


Women’s Groups: saving the lives of mothers and newborns

Twenty-five poor and illiterate women from a rural village in Bangladesh sit together in a courtyard. A lively discussion is taking place as the women recount stories of marriage, pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Over the coming months, these women will … Continue reading