Women and Children First (UK) is a UK based international development agency set up in 2001 to address the unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in poor communities in the developing world.
Since then we have established country programmes in partnership with local and national agencies and governments in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nepal and Uganda, and provided Technical Assistance in Burma, Guatemala, Honduras, Malawi, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
We work to develop and share best healthcare practices to improve maternal and newborn health in poor communities. Our particular focus is on pregnancy and the first 28 days of life.
Our Vision is an equitable world where all women, children and adolescents have good health.
Our Mission is to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health where inequalities exist.
Women and Children First works in partnership with NGOs, governments and academic institutions to promote innovative, low cost solutions designed to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and increase wellbeing for girls and women (10-49 years of age) - particularly those who are pregnant or new mothers - newborns and children under five years of age. We develop and share best practice through extensive monitoring and evaluation of our work and disseminating lessons learned to health officials, policymakers, parliamentarians, other practitioners and advocates to ensure research findings are applied to policy and practice.
In partnership, we improve the health of mothers and their newborns by:
- Community mobilisation through women's groups
- Health system strengthening
- Policy and advocacy to create an enabling environment
We build the capacity of communities and health care workers to impove maternal and newborn health.
To read a summary of what we achieved in our first ten years, please download 10 Years of Putting Women and Children First
Our affiliations and memberships
Women and Children First is an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. We are members of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the UK Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the White Ribbon Alliance.