Maternal Health

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eituna Batule, came to the Guba Health Center in Ethiopia by motorbike for her third pregnancy.
Zeituna Batule, came to the Guba Health Center in Ethiopia by motorbike for her third pregnancy. The health center serves 41,000 people, and on average, 68 moms give birth there a week.
Photo Credit: Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

When a mother dies in childbirth, her infant has only a 19 percent chance of surviving his or her first month of life.1

Globally, more than 800 women still die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy, and 94 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.2 Despite the significant progress that has been made in maternal survival during the past two decades, the number of preventable maternal deaths that happen every day is a reflection of the deep inequities that remain in women’s access to health services.

In the last two decades, the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births has decreased by more than 50 percent in USAID’s 25 priority countries for maternal and child health.

USAID works to promote maternal health by enabling and mobilizing individuals, governments, and health facilities to advance quality, respectful, and accessible care for women and their families. Through both public and private sector partnerships, USAID works to strengthen countries’ health systems holistically, at the community and facility levels, for women of childbearing age before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition, USAID promotes innovation and research around maternal health in national policies and programs and works to scale-up high-impact, sustainable interventions.


USAID's Impact

1 Nguyen DTN, Hughes S, Egger S, et al. Risk of childhood mortality associated with death of a mother in low-and-middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):1281. Published 2019 Oct 11. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7316-x