Yesterday, Dr. Grace Kodindo, a guestblogger on Akimbo (see Facing Maternal Mortality During Conflict & Emergencies,) was awarded the prestigious Millennium Development Goal Torch by Danish Government in recognition of her efforts to secure comprehensive reproductive health care for women worldwide.
While in Europe, Dr. Kodindo will also tour seven European cities, speaking at screenings of the BBC documentary Dead Mums Don’t Cry. The documentary follows Dr. Kodindo’s work as the head of the primary maternity hospital in Chad in 2005, where she struggled to preserve women’s lives in the face of profound poverty, a dearth of supplies, and minimal government support.
The screening of Dead Mums Don’t Cry is a joint initiative of the RAISE Initiative and Countdown 2015. The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, managed by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Marie Stopes International, works to ensure reproductive healthcare in situations of conflict and disaster. At present, Dr. Kodindo works as the Medical and Advocacy Advisor for the RAISE Initiative. Countdown 2015 comprises a group of 18 European nongovernmental organisations that collaborate to secure funding for vital reproductive health supplies and equipment.
Susanna Smith is the Program Officer for Communications at the International Women’s Health Coalition. Read her bio here