What do you think of when you hear the words ‘one foot in the grave’?
In some of the world’s poorest communities, this phrase is used to describe pregnancy. What should be a cause for celebration is still the most dangerous time in a woman’s life.
In Guatemala, indigenous mothers are three times more likely than others to die in childbirth. This is not only due to the lack of hospitals and medicines but also discrimination from hospital staff who don’t try to communicate with them.
On Sunday 6th November 2016 Shappi Khorsandi presented Health Poverty Action’s BBC Radio 4 Appeal about the dangers of pregnancy in remote areas of Guatemala, and how we work with local women to ensure more mothers can give birth safely.
Hear more about why Shappi Khorsandi is supporting our BBC Radio 4 Appeal in this video:
We are working in Guatemala and ten developing countries to train indigenous women to spot danger signs in pregnancy, deliver babies safely at home and get mothers to hospital if necessary. The 620 women we have trained in Guatemala so far have already supported more than 4,000 mothers to give birth safely.
Read about some of the women we are working with in our blog post.
£36 could train two women in the poorest communities to spot danger signs in pregnancy, and ensure more mothers can give birth safely.
You can listen to it now on our BBC Radio 4 Appeal page.