Resources on Maternal health

According to the World Health Organization, there are 500 million new sexually transmitted infection cases each year, of which 93 million are in Africa. Investments in women’s health during their childbearing years not only save women’s lives, but also produce ripple effects that benefit families, communities and nations.

Full review

The health benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. Contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the number of abortions, and lower the incidence of death and disability related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

Full review

This Fact Sheet was prepared in January 2013 for the Summit of CARMMA (Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, New Born and Child Mortality in Africa) in Addis Ababa.

Full review

From 29 June to 1 July 2004, UNFPA hosted the second Africa Regional Meeting on Obstetric Fistula, in Accra, Ghana. The conference brought together over 90 participants from 26 countries, including UNFPA staff, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and some of the world's foremost experts in obstetric fistula.

Full review

This report reviews the first meeting of international fistula experts in London in July 2001, which launched this initiative and focused on concrete actions to alleviate the suffering of affected women.

Full review

The report documents a March 2006 workshop to discuss the role of midwives in achieving MDG 5 (improving maternal health). The workshop, the first of its kind for UNFPA, brought together midwives from developing and industrialized countries with midwifery advisors and UNFPA staff and partners to discuss barriers to the development of a robust midwifery workforce. Although many of the barriers are well known, participants called attention to the underlying issue of gender inequality.

Full review

This advocacy booklet highlights social, cultural, and economic dimensions of obstetric fistula.

Full review

Basic and comprehensive care Basic emergency obstetric and newborn care is critical to reducing maternal and neonatal death. This care, which can be provided with skilled staff in health centres, large or small,...

Full review

This business plan for the Maternal Health Thematic Fund outlines its goals, guiding principles, results framework, management, governance and monitoring and evaluation processes for the period 2008-2011.

Full review

The profiles in this publication highlight how well each of the priority countries (which together represent 95 per cent of maternal and child mortality) is doing in increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children. The core indicators included in these updated profiles encompass key elements of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health continuum of care. The report also includes a brief report providing a snapshot of progress on these core indicators across the priority countries, revealing promising news as well as challenges that still remain to be addressed.

Full review

Pages