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In pictures: Tackling maternal mortality

Mothers at health centre in Central African Republic

Mothers and children wait for a health check in the Central African Republic. Only 14% of mothers from poor families get help from midwives when they give birth.

Delivery room in Central African Republic

The delivery room at a health centre in Baoro, Central African Republic. The centre is the only health facility for a population of 39,000.

Mother and child in DR Congo

A mother and child in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 1,000 mothers die here per 100,000 live births, according to Unicef. (Picture: Kate Eshelby)

Midwife training school, Afghanistan

Midwives are making a difference in Afghanistan, though the country still has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. This picture shows Merlin's midwife training school in Takhar province.

Delivery of supplies to Badakhshan

In February, Merlin sent a medical team to a remote area of Badakhshan, in Afghanistan, to tackle a pneumonia epidemic. Three pregnant women suffering from severe bleeding were also treated.

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