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In the last two decades Save the Children has helped inspire huge global progress in reducing child mortality. In 2011 we saw the biggest ever fall in child mortality – a drop of 700,000 in a single year. That wasn’t a one-off. Since 1990, the number of children dying every year has come down by 5 million.
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Watta, 1 day old, lies in her mother's arms in Peters Town Clinic, Liberia. Her mother, Comfort, is 17 years old and lives in the inaccessible village of Goe in the Gibi District, Liberia. Goe is not connected by road and cannot be reached by motorbike so Comfort walked for 7 hours to use the Peters Town Clinic Maternal Waiting Room ahead of Watta's birth.
Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Save the Children support several Maternal Waiting Rooms in rural communities in Liberia to ensure that expecting mothers have access to the essential care needed for a safe delivery.
By supporting such facilities, Save the Children is working to ensure that more mothers give birth in clinics with access to trained staff and medicine.