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Olympic silver medalist Abel Kirui is running (and will likely win) the Boston Marathon Monday. He’s running in support of Amref’s “Run for Midwives” campaign, an initiative particularly close to his heart because his grandmother lost 10 children in childbirth and his mom one, a child who would have been her only daughter.

Abel’s family isn’t alone, a woman in Kenya dies every two hours during pregnancy or childbirth. That means 6,000 to 8,000 women die each year during childbirth, compared to 650 in the US.  Tragically, the majority of these deaths could have been prevented with the assistance of a midwife. Amref, the largest African-based nonprofit that delivers health services (such as midwife training) to over 30 countries on the continent with the vision of lasting health change in Africa.

Check out Abel explain in (and see him run!) in this quick 75-second by clicking here.

If you’re in Boston, go cheer him on! You can also support the cause he’s running learning more about it and spreading the work and/or donating here:


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Jennifer Birn is a journalist living in LA, entertaining herself with creative projects from casting and producing her first indie film (It's Gawd), to brand marketing consulting, helping produce events and doing what she can to give back between traveling and (slowly) writing her first fiction novel with former NFL player Dhani Jones.

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