Dedicated to Fatou, 26, by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood – Burkina Faso, from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood’s Stories of Mothers Lost

Fatou and her husband, Amadou, were overjoyed at the prospect of being parents. During Fatou’s labor at the local health center, she lost a lot of blood and became very weak. The health center was not equipped to perform a cesarean section in time; as a result the baby did not survive. The doctors tried to save Fatou’s life, but they did not succeed. Her husband remains inconsolable.

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