The Redd Program : Reducing maternal mortality
The Human Salmon Foundation seeks to eradicate some things that are unacceptable in the 21st century, of which one is that mothers die in pregnancy.
The risk of a woman dying as a result of pregnancy or childbirth during her lifetime is about one in six in the poorest parts of the world compared to about one in 30’000 in northern Europe. More than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year – one death every minute. Of these deaths, 99 per cent occur in developing countries. A world in which women risk death in order to bring new life, has to be transformed!
The female salmon digs a nest called a redd in the gravel of a fresh water stream bed with her tail. She then lays 3000 to 5000 eggs in the nest after which the male milks the eggs, fertilizing them. The eggs absorb water and become sticky. The female moves upstream to lay more eggs. Gravel from the next nest is pushed downstream and covers the first nest. The eggs grow and develop for a few months before hatching. Only about 20% of the eggs in a stream will hatch. Many of the eggs succumb to predators, oxygen deprivation or physical damage.