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Caring for Mothers in their Time of Need

Every minute, another woman dies needlessly in the agony of childbirth. She may leave behind a devastated family, and young children who will fail to thrive. And for every woman who dies, about 20 more are injured or disabled.

The tragedy is that almost all of these deaths – an estimated 529,000 a year – are preventable, Yet while most other health indicators have improved in the developing world over the last decades, maternal mortality and morbidity continue to take their high toll.

Timely emergency obstetric care for women who develop complications is the central strategy in UNFPA’s efforts to stanch maternal deaths. 
Having skilled attendance and functioning referral systems available to all women in labour is another key strategy.  
Simply meeting the unmet need for contraceptive services could reduce maternal mortality by 20 per cent or more. 

Reducing maternal mortality is a priority area for UNFPA, which supports safe motherhood interventions in 89 countries, as part of its commitment to reproductive health. This work is facilitated by a strong network of partners, a wealth of experience and a broad presence at the country level.


Project Briefs

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Targeted Approaches in Africa:
Senegal, Mali
Obstetric Aid in Emergencies:
East Timor, India, Turkey
Making Safe Motherhood a Reality:
India, Morocco, Mozambique, and Nicaragua

Collaborative Initiatives
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UNFPA Campaign to End Fistula
Columbia University’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability
Save The Mothers Fund
Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group
Distance Learning on Reducing Maternal Deaths and other Population Issues


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