Celebrate royal baby, but remember childbirth is still a killer

By Steve Murigi, Special to CNN

July 23, 2013 — Updated 0750 GMT (1550 HKT)

Every year in sub-Saharan Africa, 162,000 mothers die needlessly because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. That figure represents a staggering 56% of the global total. For an African woman, one of the most natural of events in a woman’s life — giving birth — is also one of the most dangerous. As a result, each year close to 1 million African children are left motherless.

Many of these deaths are avoidable, but not enough is being done to prevent them – read more here.