Why do 500,000 women die every year?


This video is part of ASK’s Keep Your Promise campaign which aims to raise awareness of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) among young people in Ireland. The 8 MDGs represent an unprecedented global effort to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by 2015.

The ASK campaign turns the spotlight on MDG 5 − improving maternal health and achieving universal access to reproductive health. The campaign video features messages from Irish youth leaders highlighting why this Goal is of particular importance to young people.

Key facts outlined in the video:

· Pregnancy and childbirth related deaths are the number one killers of girls aged 15 — 19 in low-income countries

· Young people under the age of 25 have the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections and account for more than half of all new HIV infections.

· Worldwide, more than 50 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 are married, some with little understanding of sex or reproduction

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