Approximately 300,000 women die each year due to pregnancy or childbirth related complications.
Clinics built or improved
Mothers cared for
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We believe that health is a human right. Giving birth should not be something that causes women to die. However, in 2015 there were an estimated 303,000 maternal deaths. By giving birth in a clinic and having trained health workers nearby, the maternal mortality rates can be decreased. Providing pregnant women with proper care is also important for the healthy development of babies, but sadly only half of pregnant women receive the recommended amount of antenatal care. ODW partners with organizations that value the lives of women and babies, recognizing that the importance of quality healthcare and access to resources can be the difference between life and death.
Why Maternal Care?
The World Health Organization refers to Maternal Health as the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. In some developing countries, 1 in 54 women die during pregnancy and childbirth — that’s a 90x more likely occurrence than in developed countries. Approximately half of women in developing countries have access to skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth. The greatest factors that prevent women from receiving skilled care are: poverty, lack of information, distance from medical facilities, inadequate services, and cultural practices. Because most complications of pregnancy and childbirth are well-known and treatable or preventable, providing access to skilled care during childbirth, as well as providing education and support in the weeks after childbirth is crucial and can drastically decrease the rate of maternal mortality.
In partnership with local maternal health organizations, ODW has assisted 9 communities in 7 countries. We have directly assisted the lives of 55,200 mothers and infants by training midwives and nurses and constructing maternity wards and delivery centers. By equipping communities with facilities and education, we are empowering communities to decrease these rates of maternal mortality. Pregnancy and motherhood can cause immense pain, loss, and death for women in developing countries. By providing women with the care they need, we can make pregnancy a safer and healthier experience for many around the world.
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