MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

The 3rd Millennium Development Goal recognizes that augmenting the knowledge, skills and productive capacity of women leads to a healthier developed society. It is hoped that gender disparity will be eliminated in primary and secondary education in all levels of education no later than 2015. If this can be accomplished then it should follow that: [...]



En route to Bangladesh

Doha International Airport, Doha, Qatar Let’s go back to the disparity between Bangladesh and the U.S. One of the primary causes of this difference in maternal mortality is the lack of access to professional care. Only 20% of all births in Bangladesh are assisted by skilled professionals and only 16% of births take place in [...]



Departure from U.S.

Detroit Metro Airport, Detroit, MI, USA As I get ready to leave, I am reminded of the danger women face during childbirth in many parts of Bangladesh. For every 100,000 live births, an estimated 338 women die during pregnancy, childbirth, or 42 days after delivery. Compare that to 17 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births [...]