Adama Turay was supposed to raise her newborn child. Unfortunately, her life was cut short after she gave birth because she was too poor to pay for even the most basic of health care. Sadly, her story is just one of thousands in Sierra Leone where one in eight women die from pregnancy or childbirth because they are “too poor to pay for” lifesaving treatments.
According to Amnesty International’s secretary general, Irene Khan, “Women and girls are dying in their thousands because they are routinely denied their right to life and health, in spite of promises from the government to provide free health care to all pregnant women.”
The Sierra Leone government should keep its word and provide free health care to pregnant women who are unable to afford it in order to reduce maternal death rates.