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Ruetgers news outlet published this story the day Jennifer left.

Emilienne Raoul — the Republic of Congo’s minister of health, social affairs and family — on Sunday called on Congolese men to take a more active role in improving maternal health in the country, IRIN News reports. Congo’s maternal mortality rate is higher than the average rate in Africa. About 890 of every 100,000 pregnant women in Congo die in child birth from complications including postpartum hemorrhages, hypertension and infections, according to IRIN News.Speaking in Pointe Noire, Congo, Raoul said, “Men have to get involved and participate in promoting reproductive health. To do so, we have to make information available and create sufficient awareness on the subject.” She added, “Support from a husband well informed about the issues of pregnancy and delivery can make the difference between life and death. We do not want thousands of women to die because of complications during pregnancy.”

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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