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Agnes, surrounded by small children

Agnes Kivumbi, 45, is surrounded by small children in a dusty courtyard in Lusango Village, in Kalungu, Uganda. The farmer and business owner is teaching mothers about good health and nutrition, and trying to save women’s lives along the way. Kivumbi is a community health promoter, earning a small stipend for going from house to house to weigh and measure toddlers and babies. She says about 7% of the children she sees are “wasted,” meaning they suffer acute malnutrition. She tells their parents to seek help from a health center. She also refers pregnant women to health centers so they can give birth with health professionals, rather than at home, and believes that in doing so she has helped prevent maternal deaths. Visible improvements are being made in health in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ratio of maternal deaths on average was 547 per 100,000 live births in 2015, a rate that has notably diminished from 2000 when it was 987. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on June 27, 2015