In 2016 4.2 million babies died within the first year of life with the risk of dying over six times higher in Africa than Europe on average.
In many parts of the world pregnancy and childbirth are clouded with fear, uncertainty and danger. When women have the knowledge they need and the power to act on it, pregnancy & childbirth are a cause for optimism and hope.
Motherhood should be a joyful and positive experience, but for many women, pregnancy and childbirth are a dangerous and frightening time in their lives.
Building on the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by 193 world leaders in 2015, are a 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.