Every Two Minutes, a Woman Dies During Pregnancy or Childbirth

Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been cut in half.

Yet 808 women still die every day from entirely preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. This is about one woman every two minutes.

UNFPA promotes safe motherhood everywhere. By training healthcare professionals, supporting emergency obstetric care, and providing necessary equipment and resources no matter the circumstances, UNFPA strives to end all preventable maternal deaths by 2030.


die every day from preventable causes during pregnancy or childbirth


trained and equipped with supplies to save mothers' lives in 2019

47,272Maternal deaths

averted thanks to UNFPA-supplied contraception in 2019

UNFPA's Safe Motherhood Programs

No woman should die while giving life. UNFPA works around the world ensuring that women have the care and resources they need to survive pregnancy and childbirth.


Tracking contraceptives improves health services and choice in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda – When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of

Takeaways from the Emergency in Tigray

Tigray is a region in northern Ethiopia that sits between the country of Eritrea to the north and the Ethiopian capital

As Afghanistan grapples with a surge in COVID-19 cases, one midwife shares her strength

HERAT CITY, Afghanistan – Mastura, a 27-year-old midwife in Herat, does not mince words when describing the hardships of the global

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach Afro-descendant and indigenous women in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – “Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices, and celebrations… Within that level of inclusion, we need

Marriage in the Forecast: The Link between Climate Change and Child Marriage

Deciding who and when to marry is a deeply personal choice. It can impact where you live, how many children you

Surviving COVID-19 & conflict for women in Yemen

AL HUDAYAH, Yemen – Fatima once had a very different life. In the past, she was a well-educated woman, with a

Ask the Expert: Representative Chrissy Houlahan

In June 2021, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the Support UNFPA Funding Act to the House of Representatives. An advocate of women’s empowerment and

Giving birth under a bridge during a hurricane in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Fabiola Ulloa, 23, gave birth under the bridge where she had taken shelter from a raging hurricane. Six

Serving survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo – “We waited for hours in the distribution point until they finally told us to

The Future of Family Planning

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 218 million women didn’t have access to contraception. But because of coronavirus, an additional 12 million women have
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