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Mothers Talking: Stories of maternal morbidity

March 3, 2016

Dr. Bouchra Assarag (a Moroccan PhD student of the W&CHRC, ITM) interviewed plenty of women in Morocco’s remote mountainous region of Al Haouz for her PhD research. Her studies show that 60% of women have at least one health problem related to child birth at six weeks post-partum.

A team of ENSP and ITM visited Al Haouz with photographer and documentary maker Paolo Patruno, who specialised in recent years in maternal health through his “Birth is a Dream” project. The resulting photo exhibition and video documentary, containing the personal stories of the women from Al Haouz, was presented at the 57th ITM annual Colloquium in Rabat, Morocco.

“Maternal mortality is only the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface women suffer from a range of complications that often go untreated and undiscussed. We need more attention for and evidence on maternal morbidity, in Morocco as well as in other low- and middle-income countries,” said Assarag. Here you go for the full stories of Dr. Bouchra’s work and 57th ITM Colloquium where she presented her work.   

Find also the French version of the video “Mothers Talk”