This video, in a nutshell, describes the problems we’re trying to address and the obstacles we’re trying to help women overcome. As important as the main message is, it’s the video’s subtext that’s noteworthy.

The original ‘Why did Ms. X Die?’ video was made in 1988 – although there has been progress, the main obstacles that prevent maternal death still remain especially among impoverished populations like the one we’re serving in Ganganagar, Rajasthan.

That the video is still relevant in 2013 should be a wake-up call to us all.


As Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla has said elsewhere:

Women are not dying because of diseases we cannot treat…They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving.
– Mahmoud Fathalla