Maternal Health

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Sources: World Health Organization, 2013; UNICEF, 2013; UNICEF, 2013

Facts and Figures

  • 289,000+ women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year.
  • That is 800 women a day
  • 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries
  • Nearly 90% are preventable
  • For every maternal death, approximately 20 women suffer severe illness, injury, or disability
  • Nearly three million newborn babies die every year

The 3 delays
When a woman seeks care, she faces:

  • Delay in seeking help
  • Delay in reaching a health care facility
  • Delay in receiving appropriate care upon arrival

Strategies to improve maternal & newborn health:

  • Increase access to family planning
  • Increase access to quality care for pregnancy and childbirth
  • Increase access to safe abortion services

The connection

  • Motherless children are up to 10 times more likely to die within 2 years of their mother’s death

Investing in maternal and newborn health:

  • Saves women’s & children’s lives
  • Strengthens health systems
  • Improves economies

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