The health of women and children is vital to creating a healthy world. Despite great progress, there are still too many mothers and children dying — mostly from causes that could have been prevented. MedShare’s Maternal & Child Health Program intends to improve the quality of healthcare for mothers and children in the medically underserved countries we serve; thereby, reducing the number of deaths associated with childbirth.
Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Of these deaths, 99% occur in developing countries. In 2012, 6.6 million children die before age 5 — with 5 million children dying in the first year of life.
In 2015, an estimated 303,000 women died from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth*. In addition, for every woman who dies in childbirth, dozens more suffer injury, infection or disease. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings and most can be prevented.
The Maternal & Child Health Program provides many of the necessary medical supplies and equipment required for the early detection and treatment of some of the most preventable medical conditions leading to maternal and child deaths. These efforts will help our partners focus on caring for infants before, during and after childbirth, and will also support midwives (and other rural caregivers) by providing them with the essential medical products for a safe childbirth.
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Source: World Health Organization