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.

808Women

die every day from preventable causes during pregnancy or childbirth

21,000Midwives

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.

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