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Afghanistan's First Lady's message for children running Race for Survival 2 Jun 2015
Save the Children in Afghanistan hosted its Race for Survival today in Kabul. Most of the 300 children who participated, came from our programs supporting street children and brought the attention to newborn and maternal health. The Deputy Minister of Health was the guest of honour accompanied by high-ranking government officials, donors, media and partner organisations. The First Lady's message for the children was read at the event. Here is what she had to say -
"There are still too many areas in our dear Afghanistan where the news of pregnancy brings both joy and apprehension to a mother. Joy at the prospect of begetting a child but also fear that complications during childbirth might cause her death, or that inadequate nurturing might kill the infant.
Many awareness campaigns, increased training of midwives, and building of clinics have brought down the risks. But the numbers of fatalities at childbirth are still high by world standards.
It is with the utmost fervor that I encourage all those involved in improving this regrettable situation to continue steadfastly in their efforts."