Afghan Women Are Dying In Childbirth. Can One Hospital Change That?

Lauren Burgoon
Can this hospital begin to change Afghanistan's abysmal maternal death rate?

Afghanistan's maternal death rate is almost too high to believe. Every two hours, a woman dies in childbirth or from pregnancy. 

Afghan women risk some of the highest childbirth death rates in the world, a problem complicated by the ravages of war: bad roads, checkpoints and security problems. Women also enjoy few rights, so health decisions are often out of their control.

One hospital in Khost province is trying to change that, one mother at a time. The struggles hospital workers and moms face is overwhelming and just when there is hope of turning a corner, new geopolitical realities step in.