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Maternal Health
Unattended births in developing countries

Almost half of births in developing countries take place without the help of a skilled birth attendant.

sub-Saharan maternal morality rates

A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy. This compares with a 1 in 3,700 risk for a woman from North America.

Halima Gouroukoye - fistula survivor from Niger
Halima Gouroukoye is one of the lucky women who was cured of fistula - a preventable and treatable childbearing injury that leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often isolated from their communities.

She is now working in her community and with the UNFPA to build awareness about MDG 5 - maternal health.
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UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in maternal health care.

Better access to maternal health care will reduce the estimated half a million pregnancy related deaths that occur each year and also help reduce child mortality rates.


Ana Agostino - The Importance of Women in Ending Poverty

Ana Agostino is Co-Chair of GCAP and the facilitator for the Feminist
Task Force (FTF) . This year the FTF use the International Women’s Day
to highlight the centrality of gender equality to end poverty and the
importance of investing in women and girls. They are also calling for
financing of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

When the 189 UN Member States adopted the Millennium Declaration in 2000, they committed their respective governments to drastically cut the incidence of poverty by half and make the world a better place for everybody to live not later than 2015. The commitments in the declaration are espoused in a set of eight goals with achievable targets, commonly referred to as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


MDG and Muslims

Tehreek–e-Pasmanda Muslims Samaj in collaboration with Social Development Foundation and National Conference of Dalit Organizations with the support of United Nations Millennium Campaign considered it necessary to bring out a report on the status of Muslims for addressing the critical information gaps and an assessment of the progress of Muslims with reference to the Millennium Development Goals.

MDG Workshop

Educators Handbook on the Millennium Development Goals.

This handbook introduces educators to an interactive and dynamic student simulation
that teaches students about global poverty. Throughout the simulation, students work collaboratively to critically examine global challenges in seven countries and present
innovative solutions to end global poverty by the year 2015.

Every minute a woman dies due to complications in pregnancy or
childbirth, adding up to half a million women dying every year. Another
10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or
disabilities.

“No woman should die giving life,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid.
“To have a healthy society, you have to have healthy mothers.”

In many countries, however, progress in maternal health has been slow.
In some, the situation has actually deteriorated over the last 20 years.


Global Health Council

The Global Health Council is the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.

Our diverse membership is comprised of health-care professionals and organizations that include NGOs, foundations, corporations, government agencies and academic institutions that work to ensure global health for all.

Our Mission

The Council works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed.

Our History