Unicef says that 10 million women are lost in every generation in the region. That has devastating implications for surviving family members, affecting infant survival rates and forcing young girls to leave school to care for siblings. Families then sink deeper into poverty. In short, the health of the mother is critical not only to her family, but to her nation.
Chameli, 30, travelled four hours by foot in Nepal, and then endured an eight-hour bus journey to deliver her fifth child.