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Abraham Axicinean, 5 months old, sleeps on the bed in Eriana Alce’s home in Bateye San Isidro. At just 17 years old, his mother died giving birth to him at Hospital Materno-Infantil San Lorenzo de Los Mina in Santo Domingo.

In the Dominican Republic, the lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 320, according to UNICEF. That’s almost seven times higher than in the United States. Read more»