Maternal health matters – pregnancy should never be a death sentence.

Rights based maternal health policies save lives.

Women and girls die during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum for preventable reasons including bleeding, infections, high blood pressure, complications from delivery, and unsafe abortion. HIV positive women have an eight times greater risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth than HIV negative women. Women and girls around the world face discrimination and abuse and are not getting the care they need. It is time to change that.

Maternal Health & Rights Snapshot
  • 303,000 women and girls die per year as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.1
  • 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries.2
  • Respectful maternity care is a human right.3

1 World Health Org., Maternal mortality, Fact Sheet, Nov. 2016, available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/ (last accessed July 11, 2017).

2 World Health Org., Maternal mortality, Fact Sheet, Nov. 2016, available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/ (last accessed July 11, 2017).

3 See generally White Ribbon Alliance, Respectful Maternity Care: The University Rights of Childbearing Women (2011), available at  http://whiteribbonalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Final_RMC_Charter.pdf.


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