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Sierra Leone News: Wiltshire walkers donate to Christian Aid

Women in Sierra Leone are 150 times more likely to die in childbirth than those in the UK, making the country one of the most dangerous place in the world to give birth.  According to Christian Aid, for every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone, 1,360 women die. This is compared to just nine women in the UK. Sierra Leone has the world’s highest estimated maternal mortality ratio of 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births (DHS, 2013). The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the maternal mortality ratio at 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births. Women in Sierra Leone have a 1 in 17 lifetime risk of dying due to pregnancy or childbirth (WHO, 2015). Maternal deaths accounted for 36 percent of all deaths among women age 15-49 (DHS, 2013). However, most maternal deaths are preventable through cost-effective public health measures. Sierra Leone has aligned with the aspirations of the world to eliminate maternal deaths as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a bid to raise cash for maternal healthcare in Sierra Leone Walkers from churches across north Wiltshire joined together in the marathon hike. Yvonne Penn Wiltshire’s regional coordinator said, “Walkers from several different Churches in North Wiltshire hiked to raise £2,000 for Christian Aid.” “On Day four, the last day of the walk, the walkers were joined for the first hour by the Bishop of Ramsbury, Reverend Andrew Rumsey.” “A huge thank you to the Christian Aid supporters from Devizes who led the event. “ Walk organiser Jacquie Wright said “Alongside the fellowship of making new friends as we walked, there was the feeling that we were trying to make a difference. We were 16 walkers, eight horses, four days and two dogs making one fantastic challenge.” The intrepid hikers were from Westbury, Devizes, Broad Town, Marlborough, Pewsey and Alton Barnes. They completed around 15 miles each day over the undulating landscape


By Ophaniel Gooding

Tuesday May 14, 2019.


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