Maternal and newborn mortality are the starkest indicators of the difference between developed and developing countries: a staggering 98% of maternal and newborn deaths occur in the developing world.
Three million newborn babies, and between 250,000 and 343,000 women, die each year in pregnancy and childbirth or soon afterwards. The majority of these deaths are in Africa and South Asia, and this is where Women and Children First focuses its work.
Behind these statistics are many social, cultural, political and economic factors but most of these deaths can be prevented if women have access to essential maternity and basic health-care services. Equitable access to health care is the ultimate aim of every country, however in remote areas of Africa and South Asia, thousands of women and babies will die before this is achieved. Building health system infrastructures and staffing health centres in rural areas is particularly difficult. Remote communities will never be able to access much needed routine healthcare without the introduction of community based interventions.
Women and Children First and its partners focus upon mobilising communities in Bangladesh, India and Malawi to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates through the introduction of cost-effective, sustainable community based interventions.
Over a quarter of a million women and three million newborn babies die each year in pregnancy and childbirth or soon afterwards, the majority of them in Africa and South Asia. For every woman who dies at least twenty more suffer complications which leave them with lifelong disability and pain.
Our unique programmes are saving the lives of mothers and babies every day. We need you to help us to equip women with their most vital survival tool: knowledge.