For many women in parts of Africa, pregnancy and childbirth are a time of worry and fear.
There is no place for them to get help and support. They must handle this life-changing experience alone.
Because there is a lack of basic information about childbirth, medical facilities are inaccessible, and there are no funds to support them in hospital, mothers have no choice but to use unsanitary, unsafe and non-medical means in childbirth.
This results in the unnecessary deaths of many mothers and babies, 90% of which could be prevented with basic medical care.
The statistics we can change together
Women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications in developing countries
New-borns die every day in developing countries
The percentage of deaths which could be prevented with basic medical care
Reference: WHO, ‘Trend in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2015’, 2015
UNICEF, ‘Levels & Trends in Child Mortality’, 2015
We support women and children through healthy pregnancies, childbirth and postnatal care in 35 countries
Our Maternal and Child Health Support Programme provides
Health services for local women
Providing home visits so women have an understanding of basic health care and hygiene, offering pre-natal care for pregnant women and education on caring for a new-born.
Local health system support
Having a local community health centre within a village gives women support throughout their pregnancy and after birth.
Training for local health workers
Supporting and nurturing community health workers and midwives through professional training to enable them to look after the health of the women and babies in their local community.
Support on disease prevention and nutrition
Ensuring essential medicine and vaccines are available to prevent diseases, such as malaria. Educating health workers on the benefits of nutritional food to help pregnant women and infants.
Supporting villages with the transportation needed to access their nearest health centre or hospital in an emergency.
Support women and children with crucial maternal health care