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.

Women and Children First is an international development organisation established in 2001 to reduce these unacceptably high, and largely avoidable, mortality rates.

We work primarily through women’s groups in rural communities in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia to improve maternal, newborn and child health. We empower women to find their own solutions to their most important health problems and, through the women's groups, reach the wider community. We also work with our partners to improve the quality of care in health facilities.

Women and Children First has an excellent track record of working with its partners to deliver projects that have a proven impact on maternal, newborn and child health. Funding for this work has come from a range of sources including the UK Department for International Development, the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, the UN Population Fund, charitable trusts, corporate supporters and individual donors.

How We Work

We are a niche organisation offering technical expertise, support and consultancy to our partners. Our approach is to use evidence-based methods to empower women to advocate for their right to health, building women’s capacity to take control of their and their children’s health. We adopt complementary approaches and support communities to demand quality health services provided by the government, the private sector and NGOs at local and national level.

We advocate for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health to stay at the top of the local, national and international agenda.

How You Can Make a Difference

We need your help to raise both awareness and funds to enable us to continue our vital work. There are a lot of ways you can make a difference:

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Fundraise for us – you can run your own event, ask friends and family to donate in lieue of birthday presents, run a marathon or mention us in your will.

Make a donation - as little as £5 can make a difference. Last year we spent just 7% of our income on fundraising and publiciity.

  • £5 will pay for a woman to attend a women’s group for a year
  • £28 can pay for a community health worker's kit (thermometer and weighing scales)
  • £50 can pay for a women's group facilitator for a year
  • £150 will buy a bicycle ambulance so women from 10 villages in Malawi can get to a health centre in an emergency
  • £250 will train a community health worker to look after mothers and babies in rural Malawi