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.


Reproductive health supplies airlifted into quake-shattered Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK – UNFPA and partner agencies have airlifted more than 125 tons of life-saving supplies to earthquake-shattered parts of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude

At high-level UN meeting, Afghan women call for support

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “My country is in a humanitarian crisis,” said Yalda Royan, an Afghan women’s rights advocate. She

Can family planning reduce poverty? These women think so.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, decades of progress were reversed in the effort to eliminate extreme poverty. Women were hit particularly hard, with

Survivors of sexual violence in conflict, no matter what

This story contains accounts and descriptions of sexual violence, including toward children. Please use caution when reading and sharing.  Women’s bodies

A new partnership between Friends of UNFPA and FreeWill

Click here to establish your vision for the future. We at Friends of UNFPA are so appreciative of your ongoing

Haiti’s Most Recent Earthquake Puts Women and Girls at Risk

On August 14, 2021, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, killing nearly 2,000 and injuring thousands more. The coming days will likely bring more

Friends of UNFPA Statement on the Fall of the Afghan Government

August 16, 2021 Friends of UNFPA joins the United Nations Secretary-General and the international community in expressing its deep concern about

Compounding Crises: The State of the World’s Most Dire Humanitarian Crises

The political climate–and actual climate–of a humanitarian crisis can change at any moment. It can be extremely difficult to imagine life as someone living through

UNFPA’s Ongoing Work in Yemen

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in Yemen for the past six years. Medicine and midwives are scarce.

Sailing to safety: UNFPA midwife performs miraculous boat delivery

An Incredible Journey One morning in July 2021, Zilkee was surprised when a panicked man burst into the health complex.
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