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I will be running a 5K to help benefit the women of Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Midwifery Project provides aid and training to women in the country. For more info, check out their website: http://www.afghanmidwiferyproject.org

I will be running the in the 14th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & 5K.  My 5K run will benefit the Afghanistan Midwifery Project.  They are a Chicago non-profit that sends supplies and arranges health training to improve health care provided to women in that war-torn country.

Here are some facts about women's health in Afghanistan:

  • The maternal mortality in four Afghan provinces ranked 130 times higher than the United States. (PBS)
  • 50 to 70 mothers die every day from complications at birth. (PBS)
  • Nearly half the deaths among Afghan women of child-bearing age have been pregnancy-related and preventable. (PBS)
  • Just 14% of births in Afghanistan are attended by skilled health care staff. (WHO)
  • Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world with 257 deaths per 1000 live births. (UNICEF)
  • Afghanistan has the second highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. (UNICEF)
  • 1600 out of every 100,000 pregnant women die each year because of poor health care facilities. (WHO)
  • Nearly 25% of Afghan children die before age five. (WHO)
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