POSTED BY 60milliongirls | May, 10, 2012 |

Before 2010, nearly half of the pregnant women admitted to Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Sierra Leone ended up dying.

The maternal death rate was the highest in the world: one of every eight pregnant women died in childbirth, and one of every five children died before the age of 5.

But in 2010, the government took a dramatic step: it eliminated all health-care fees for pregnant women and mothers of young children. The reform has been hugely successful and the death rate has dropped sharply. But is it sustainable?

Read more in this article by Geoffrey York in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail.

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