In 2015, about 830 women died everyday due to complications of pregnancy and child birth.
In 2015, about 7,000 newborns died everyday.
Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings and most could have been prevented.
Fewer mothers and newborns are dying every year.
The number of women dying during pregnancy has decreased by about 44% since 1990.
The number of children who die before their fifth birthday has decreased by 56% since 1990.
We are proud to be playing a role in saving these precious lives and we won’t stop until zero babies and new mothers die from preventable causes.
Through our Irish Aid funded maternal and child health programme, AIM Health, we have trained over 2,000 Community Health Workers to:
- Visit pregnant women and new mothers in their homes and provide them with support, guidance and advice at critical times.
- Support pregnant women and new mothers to attend their check-ups.
- Advise on how to ensure both mother and baby eat nutritious food.
- Encourage and support immunization.
- Get men involved: help husbands and extended family to play their role in ensuring both mother and baby are as safe and healthy as possible.