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Activist Targets Mother, Infant Survival in Africa

Activist Nurse Mary Koroma aims to curb the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
By Hallie Jacobs

Most people in the United States planning on having children may not worry about maternal mortality but it is a major concern for a mother-to-be in Africa.

Sierra Leone has the world’s highest maternal mortality rate, with one in eight women at risk of dying during childbirth.  Infant mortality is also a major issue, with 123 of every 1,000 babies not surviving to the age of one due to issues such as unsanitary water, malaria and improper nutrition. 

To combat these chilling statistics, Mary Koroma, an activist for healthy African communities, along with the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project invite the public to an awareness tour to educate about infant death and maternal health in Sierra Leone.

The event aims to raise awareness about the issue, as well as recruit African leaders to be a part of the cause.

Last year, Koroma’s leadership in Sierra Leone provided expectant mothers with skilled care and knowledge that benefited the entire community.

About the event

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. April 17 in room 153 of SDSU’s Peterson Gym. Those interested in attending must RSVP online at

About Koroma

Koroma founded the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project Health and Birth Clinic, where over 200 hundred patients are treated each month. The organization trains and certifies traditional birth attendants, relied on by African women who are unable to access costly and distant hospitals.

Koroma also spearheaded powerful projects aimed at raising resources to sustain the clinic while also meeting the needs of the community, including four multi-acre vegetable farms, a community fishing project, a skills training center and a nursery school.