Globally, an estimated 287 000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010. Most of them died because they had no access to skilled routine and emergency care, and because they cannot access family planning services.
In the global North, a woman’s life time risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 3800. But in Sub Saharan Africa, the risk of maternal death is drastically high at 1 in 39. Increasing numbers of women are now seeking care during childbirth in health facilities and therefore it is important to ensure that quality of care provided is optimal.
Globally, over 10% of all women do not have access to or are not using an effective method of contraception. It is estimated that satisfying the unmet need for family planning alone could cut the number of maternal deaths by almost a third.
The African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) aims to reposition family planning as a as a key development driver and ensure universal access to the full range of family planning choices in order to reduce maternal mortality.
The Network members work tirelessly, influencing policy makers to ensure equitable access to a full range of acceptable, affordable, safe, effective and high-quality contraceptives of choice and user- friendly, comprehensive maternal health services.
International Maternal Health Day coincides with the final day of the 47th Commission on Population and Development, which several AWLN members are attending to strengthen their government delegations.