Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. A 2017 government report estimated 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births in the country, largely due to preventable reasons. Bleeding, pregnancy-induced hypertension, infections, and unsafe abortions were the most common causes for women. However, a new drone initiative in the country could be about to change things.

Video journalist: Jack Burgess

Assistant camera: Melanie Brown

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(Image: A nurse takes medical supplies from a drone. Credit: BBC.)



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