- Every year, almost 300,000 women die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
- In Europe, a woman’s lifetime risk of death due to childbirth is one in 2,400; in Sub-Saharan Africa it is one in 16.
Maternal mortality is nothing short of an epidemic. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of women are dying from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. We can change this: the majority of these deaths can be prevented if women have access to life-saving treatments, to well-equipped hospitals and to trained birth attendants.
Safe pregnancy is a basic human right. But receiving better health care and health knowledge is only one side of the coin. Women must also be able to exercise control over their bodies and live within families that support their rights to both.
While we aim for women to have access to high-quality maternal health services we also work with community leaders, women and health workers to understand and address the reasons for the high maternal death rate. We challenge social and gender norms so women can make decisions for their own health and well-being.
We are committed to supporting maternal health as one of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to make pregnancy and delivery safer for millions of women in the worlds’ most vulnerable communities by 2015