18/03/2007: Mother’s Day celebration: Global Plan of Action
WCF is pleased to report that to celebrate Mother’s Day a Global Plan of Action has been launched calling on governments to take the lead in fighting maternal and newborn death. The plan was agreed at a meeting of influential women from developing and developed countries. Key participants included Cherie Blair, wife of the UK Prime Minister and international lawyer, Hilary Benn, MP, Secretary of State, Department for International Development, UK, Liya Kebede, Supermodel and World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and the First Lady of Lesotho, Mrs Mathato S. Mosisilli.
Read the Action Plan
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.