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Twenty-year-old Prudence Mwelwa (not her real name) is convinced she would have died if she had tried to have her first baby at home in her village in Zambia. She said there was a lot of blood during her delivery and she really believes that her relatives would not have been able to stem the bleeding.
She had been feeling anxious anyway as it was her first pregnancy so a week before she gave birth, Prudence and her mother set out on a three-hour walk to one of Zambia’s maternity waiting houses. She liked the idea of having skilled staff on hand to help her with the delivery.
Lucella Campbell, Senior Program Advisor with IPPF Western Hemisphere Region, speaks about what is being done in Haiti to improve access to sexual and reproductive health, and repair facilities and infrastructure that were destroyed in the earthquake.
For the work that they've done, PROFAMIL, the IPPF Member Association in Haiti, was awarded the Beacon of Hope award at '50 & Fabulous: Celebrating 50 Years of Women's Advances Since The Pill', a gala, celebrity-studded event held in New York City on 18 October 2010.