Happy World Contraception Day! Check out Pulitzer Center grantee Mae Azango’s reports on Liberia’s continuing problems with maternal health to see what reproductive rights mean to her personally.
“Melinda Gates has me thinking about the time I became a mother. When the Gates Foundation co-chair recently said that improving family planning for the global poor is her new personal mission — and that she is making it a top priority for the world’s biggest public health philanthropy — it immediately brought me back to my own experience giving birth to my son 20 years ago. Back then, the thing I needed most was not family planning, but a well-trained midwife.
“I was 18, an unwed and pregnant young woman about to have her first baby in the midst of Liberia’s civil war. Just weeks before I went into labor, a rebel group took control of my town, a suburb of the capital, Monrovia. Anyone who could run away did, including all doctors and nurses. ” Continue reading here.
Photo by Jake Naughton.