Film ‘The Edge of Joy’ reveals urgency of maternal mortality in Nigeria

July 22, 2011

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(AP/Sunday Alamba)
According to USAID, approximately 54,000 women and girls die each year in Nigeria due to pregnancy-related causes.

We live in a day and age where very few women should die in childbirth. In spite of spending more on health care than any other country, some 40 countries usually do better than the U.S. on maternal mortality rankings. One oil-rich African nation does a lot worse: Nigeria. They have the second worst rate in the world.

The new documentary film The Edge of Joy looks at maternal mortality in Nigeria and how, every day, its medical workers race against time with little technology to save women. We talk about the film with Chicago-based filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro.

Facets Multimedia will screen The Edge of Joy Monday, July 25, at 7PM.