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Malawi 
Maternal deaths are not inevitable - STA Pitala

In the outskirts of Mchinji district is Pitala Village. Pitala is special because over ten years there have been zero maternal and neonatal deaths. It is the first of its kind in Malawi. What makes this rural community so unique is the passion of its people for their mothers and babies and the leadership of one woman, Sub Traditional Authority Pitala, a true MamaYe Heroine!

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Tanzania 
It’s time to bridge the rural-urban gap
Kenneth Simbaya pays tribute to rural women as he builds a case for celebrating them every day and asks us to bridge the rural/urban gap.
Malawi 
Rural-Urban dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals
A two-pronged approach to development, through parallel efforts to manage urbanisation and improve living conditions in rural areas, is critical if we want to meet the MDGs.

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