the silent statistic…


Visualize an entire plane filled with pregnant women. Now imagine that plane crashing and killing everyone on board on a weekly basis.

Do you think this would make the news?

What doesn’t make the news is that approximately one woman dies per second from ‘maternal mortality’, death caused by childbirth-related complications. It is estimated that 1500 women around the world die each day. And these are just the ‘reported’ cases. It is estimated that over 50% of the deaths go unreported. That means that there are over 1 million women dying each year…not just the ‘reported’ 529,000 deaths.

We don’t hear about it because it rarely happens over here in Vancouver – let alone North America – or any other westernized country for that matter. And it’s because of this that it is called a ‘silent statistic.’

I myself had no idea what maternal mortality was until I was asked to do some background research for a documentary film based in Uganda. The film, Eddibu (The Gap), ended up being an Official Selection in the Montreal World Film Festival in September 2007. Here is an excerpt of Eddibu.

For more information refer to: World Health Organization or Unicef.

So what can you do to help?

Save the Mothers and White Ribbon Alliance are two great organizations already set in place to help reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths.

Do what you will – donate, get more information, volunteer, get the word out.

Sweet & Sour Productions Film Crew:

2007 Montreal World Film Festival 

Directors/Cameramen:
Bruno Tore, Patrick White
Executive Producer:
Shenilla Abdula
Producer:
Richard Mathias
Writing/Research:
Barbara Mathias, Patricia Taylor
Boom Operator/Assistant Director:
Swati Guild


In loving memory of Shenilla.