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MDG Five

Submitted by on September 17, 2010 – 3:12 pm

The name MDG Five refers to Millennium Development Goal #5 which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2000. With MDG #5, they wanted to improve maternal health and decrease the number of deaths due to pregnancy or delivery complications. They planned on achieving MDG #5 by raising public awareness of the issue and improving access to reproductive health services.

MDGFive.com focuses on the public awareness element, and the website encourages visitors to the website to get involved in the cause. Using the website’s Remixer, visitors can create activism videos by dragging pictures, music, spoken word, and title cards into the timeline, and they can post the finished video on the website.

MDGFive.com has also teamed up with artists from around the world from poets to filmmakers and musicians who are interested in maternal health and have used their chosen art medium to raise awareness. Artists include Christy Turlington Burns, a New York filmmaker who started Every Mother Counts, musician Maya Azucena, and photographer Yoonki Kim.

Go to http://www.mdgfive.com/ to read more about MDG #5, watch user-created videos, and check out partner artists from around the world.

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