A child is sick. Now the mother must choose.
Feed her other children or buy medicine for the one? Walk seven hours to the closest clinic or harvest the crops about to rot in the field? Care for an aging parent or addicted child? For most people in the world, staying healthy requires balancing scarce resources. Such decisions are made primarily by women. Social mores, politics and big business influence these very personal choices, leaving women—the caregivers and advocates, the victims and healers—to be the arbiters of life and death.