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Arzu Rana Deuba, Global Champion

Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba is Founder and President of the WRA-affiliated Safe Motherhood Network Federation (SMNF) in Nepal, which has been successful in raising awareness about maternal mortality in Nepal and has seen significant progress in decreasing the maternal mortality ratio. Under her leadership, SMNF has grown from a group of 35 individuals and organizations to a Federation of 625 NGOs.

"Championing the cause of safe motherhood has been my life’s work. Though becoming a mother is the happiest moment in a woman’s life, it can also end in tragedy for many. Working to save women’s lives has been the most worthy goal I have ever pursued, and I hope to continue the quest for as long as I can."