Welcome to Women & Children First

Every year, over three million newborn babies and around a quarter of a million women die during pregnancy, childbirth or the first month of life.

In some parts of the world, one woman in every eight is affected. For every woman who dies, at least 20 more suffer health complications, leaving them with lifelong disability and pain.

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Women and Children First is working to achieve an equitable world where all women, children and adolescents have good health and mothers and newborn babies no longer die from conditions that are treatable or preventable.

We work in some of the world's poorest communities in Asia, Africa and Central America to stop mothers and babies from dying during pregnancy, childbirth or in the first few days and months of life. We do this through women's groups which have been recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Our work reduces a woman's chance of dying due to pregnancy or childbirth by about a half and reduces the chances of newborn babies dying by a third.

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