Neonatal challenges in Liberia
David graphically displayed the horrific maternal and neonatal death rates: 1072 maternal deaths /100,000 live births.
Neonatal death is so common that often the dead baby is just buried with no record kept.
It is not uncommon for girls as young as 10 years to be mothers.
One of the main problems in the provision of hospital care for pregnant women and newborn infants in low-income counties is the lack of appropriately trained doctors.
The Liberian figures are amongst the worst in the world.
The few doctors that are available become exhausted with the huge numbers and relentless pressure and are quickly liable to 'burn out' and to quit obstetrics, making the situation worse. This leads to less opportunity for young doctors to be trained.
This is where David's charity MCAI comes into play.