Maternal Health

Safeguarding Health for Mothers and Families

A family cannot be economically healthy if it is not physically healthy.

Help Her Live

CARE has made reducing maternal mortality one of our top priorities in the fight against poverty.

We have to stop being polite about this issue.

We need to start marching in the streets. Post-partumhemorrhage is a nice way of saying we let women bleed to death.

— Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President, CARE USA

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CARE works around the world to influence policies to ensure that safe pregnancy and birth are A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT.

The Right to Health

Maternal mortality is nothing short of an epidemic

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth each year – that's one woman dying every 90 seconds – and millions more are left with life-altering disabilities. In some countries, one in seven women dies in pregnancy or childbirth. 

These women aren't dying because the health community doesn't know how to prevent their deaths; they are dying because the world is failing to help.

Women have the right to health

CARE believes that access to quality sexual, reproductive and maternal health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Improving sexual, reproductive and maternal health is therefore central to our commitment to gender equality and to reducing global poverty.

The realization of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone; large‐scale and sustainable change requires that we address underlying and systemic factors, including gender inequality, policy barriers and power imbalances that have an impact on health. 

We work in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world

For more than 50 years, we have worked in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates and some of the highest unmet needs for family planning services to improve health and reduce maternal and newborn mortality by improving the coverage, quality and equity of health services available to women, children and families, and affecting policies to ensure safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right.

 

STEAL THESE STATS

Share the facts about maternal health.

Steal These Stats99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
Steal These StatsEvery year, 2 million deaths among mothers and newborns occur at the time of birth.
Steal These StatsSkilled health workers lead to a 54% reduction in mortality at birth.
Steal These StatsAbout 16 million girls aged between 15 and 19 give birth each year, accounting for more than 10% of all births.
Steal These StatsIn poor countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls 15-19.
Steal These StatsThere is good news. Between 1990 and 2010, women dying during pregnancy and childbirth dropped 47%.
Steal These StatsAn estimated 287,000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010.
Steal These StatsEvery day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

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This Supermodel Says, "Let's Save Lives Together"

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MAKE THE CONNECTION!

Child marriage endangers girls and places them at risk of dying in pregnancy and delivery.

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We Measure

Learn about our new tool to measure women’s empowerment in our health work.

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Did You Know?

CARE pays special attention to new and expectant moms during times of crisis.

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Did You Know?

CARE helps deliver culturally-appropriate care around the globe.

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I Am NOT Going to Die!

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The Princess of Safe Motherhood

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Check out a few of our videos to see how CARE is keeping moms and babies healthy.

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Liberia and Ghana Learning Tour   

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Members of Congress witness how strong health systems create healthy, self-sufficient moms and families

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