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.


Education is a Reproductive Health Issue.

Everyone -women, girls, men, boys– benefits from learning about their bodies, health, and rights. For women and girls, feeling in control of their health is especially important as the consequences

Ashley Judd, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, shows the difference lifesaving health care can make

Donate to UNFPA’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo What happened to Ashley in the Congo Ashley Judd, an American

Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya

TAMUGH, WEST POKOT COUNTY, Kenya – More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in

Dollars and Sense: The Economics of Violence Against Women

Last week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault. She also explained how that trauma has stayed with her and

Black Her-story Month: Women leaders in their communities and our world

Black History Month is a time of remembrance, celebration, and recognition for all that Black people have accomplished and suffered throughout history. We

Ask the Expert: Sarah Craven on Renewed U.S. Support for UNFPA

Sarah Craven is the Director of UNFPA’s Washington D.C. office, where she works with American leaders on supporting essential sexual and

Statement: Friends of UNFPA Welcomes the Renewal of U.S. Funding for UNFPA

Friends of UNFPA welcomes the Biden-Harris administration’s decision to renew U.S. funding for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive

Survivors of FGM, No Matter What

What is female genital mutilation?  Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice where girls’ vulvas are cut, pierced, or otherwise altered. There

PRESS RELEASE: Renewed U.S. Support for UNFPA

For immediate release: In a statement released on January 28, 2021, Friends of UNFPA welcomed the Biden-Harris Administration’s promise of renewed support

Women in Mongolia escape domestic violence during pandemic

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – When Dulam* first sought help from a center in northern Mongolia, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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