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Liya Kebede
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Supermodel, designer, and maternal health advocate, Liya Kebede has been featured in major magazines, runway shows and print campaigns for leading designers and brands and has acted in several feature films.

Liya is the founder of the Liya Kebede Foundation which works to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in Africa through advocacy, education, grant making and partnerships

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Gambling with Motherhood

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:08 AM

I never considered my mother a gambler, but looking back to my earliest days in Ethiopia, I realize that the likelihood of my mother and me both dying during childbirth was alarmingly high.

When I was born, the lifetime risk of a mother dying during pregnancy or childbirth in...

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The Biggest Problem Facing the Next Generation

(9) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Any discussion about motherhood would be incomplete without acknowledging that, in developing countries, pregnancy and labor are the second most frequent killer of women. And these deaths are entirely preventable. To learn more, I invite you to watch the following video about maternal health.



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This Mother's Day

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 10:03 AM

While breakfast in bed is always lovely, this Mother's Day I would prefer a motorbike ambulance, an operating room light and thousands of trained midwives. Let me explain...

I just returned from a visit to Ethiopia, the country where I was born. Like other African countries, the maternal mortality...

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Why Protests Aren't What we Should Remember About The G8

(9) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 12:34 PM

Among news of protests and arrests at the G8 summit, something important was overlooked -- critical progress towards saving mothers' lives. During this meeting of the world's top leaders, mothers were finally at the top of the agenda. Almost every death resulting from childbirth is preventable yet politicians have historically...

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Mother's Day Mission: Help Reduce Maternal Mortality in the Developing World

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 10:37 AM

The Huffington Post's Living section joins Mothers Day Every Day, a joint campaign of the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE, in a daily countdown to Mothers Day with special voices working to help save the lives of mothers and newborns around the world. Mothers Day Every Day is...

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Health Care We Can Agree On

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 12:19 PM

We've heard a lot about health care recently, but I'd like to talk a bit about an aspect of health care that I think we can all agree on: global maternal health. Millions of mothers worldwide die from pregnancy and childbirth because they lack access to the most basic health...

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Redefining "Impossible" When It Comes To Maternal Mortality

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 7:27 PM

Someone recently told me that saving mothers' lives in the developing world is impossible. They argued that the maternal mortality problem is too complex, too challenging, too expensive.

But, that is exactly the wrong attitude.

We've overcome health challenges today that once seemed impossible. We've eradicated disease, created cures and...

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We Need a Global Fund for Moms

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 11:45 AM

I recently spoke at the United Nations Secretary-General's Forum, Advancing Global Health in the Face of Crisis, where many world leaders highlighted the world's maternal health crisis. I shared the stories of people I've met who've watched their wives, sisters, daughters and friends die needlessly because they lacked the...

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Let's Make Mother's Day a Global Reality

(10) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 3:02 PM

Progress is being made to save the lives of mothers and newborns around the world. Still, every minute, a woman dies of complications in pregnancy and childbirth, leaving her baby more likely to die within two years. Most of these deaths could be prevented. Join The Huffington Post and the...

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