From ‘suffering others’ to ‘aspiring mothers’: the contemporary image world of global maternal health campaigns

Maternal mortality was once described as the neglected tragedy of global health. Though it was estimated in the 1980s that nearly half a million women died each year from pregnancy and birth related causes – 99% of them in the global south – little attention was paid and little progress was made for many years. Recently, however, the problem of maternal mortality has become somewhat of a cause célèbre attracting the attention of world leaders, billionaire philanthropists, celebrity journalists, and filmmakers.

Two Tweets, Two Different Takes on People

by Sonya de Laat The Tweets: UN Refugee Agency @Refugees Refugees. Ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Share Tahir's story this ‪#‎WRD pic.twitter.com/aOFOjAFPPc Maptia @Maptia The Dani still wear penis sheaths, but they also keep their savings in banks: http://bit.ly/1e62clk by…