UNFPA strives to ensure every woman can deliver life safely without fear of losing her own. By working with governments, civil society, and other United Nations agencies, UNFPA provides emergency obstetric services, trains health professionals, and strengthens health systems.
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 830 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
who die during pregnancy or childbirth each year live in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia
averted due to UNFPA's family planning services and supplies between 2014 and 2016
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.