Happy Mother's Day

Burnet Institute

06 May, 2011

Burnet ambassador and mother-of-two Deanna Blegg.

According to the United Nations (UN) more than 350,000 women die annually from complications during pregnancy or childbirth, 99 per cent of those die in developing countries.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, a woman’s maternal mortality risk is one in 30, compared to one in 5600 in developed regions.

In collaboration with Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne, Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health is working towards the UN’s Millenium Goals four and five – improved maternal and child health and universal access to reproductive health.

Mother’s Day is an important day for Burnet’s ambassadors Deanna Blegg and Princess Kasune Zulu.

Deanna is an HIV-positive elite athlete, as well as a mother of two and has played an active role in demystifying the myths about living with HIV.

Princess, a mother of two daughters was diagnosed with HIV when she was just 21, after tragically losing her parents, sister and brother to AIDS.

Princess now travels the world sharing her story and is one of the world’s leading campaigners for people with HIV, convincing then US President George W. Bush to pledge $15 million to fight AIDS in Africa.

So this Mother’s Day, be inspired by these women and the work Burnet Institute is doing to improve the lives of mum’s around the world.

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