USAID envisions a world where all women, newborns, and children survive, are healthy, and able to develop and reach their full potential, contributing to the development of their communities and countries.
Preventing Child And Maternal Deaths: A Framework For Action In A Changing World
The United States Government is committed to preventing child and maternal deaths, and USAID’s new strategic framework will guide us toward that goal. USAID is shaping and supporting policies, practices, and country-led programs that improve the quality of care, promote equity, and achieve the optimal coverage of life-saving care. Our six strategic approaches will help bring critical promotive, preventive, and curative health services—in both public and private facilities—closer to the communities and families who need them.
USAID’s maternal and child survival programs integrate multiple health interventions and approaches, including maternal, newborn, and child health, reproductive health and family planning, nutrition, infectious disease control, and water, sanitation, and hygiene to achieve long-term, sustainable results.
In 2021 alone, USAID helped more than 91 million women and children access essential—often lifesaving—care.
A Decade of Saving Lives
This past decade was one marked by collective commitment to save children’s and mothers’ lives. In 2012, the global health community rallied together to advance a shared vision to end preventable child deaths in a generation. USAID partnered with country governments to develop specific national action plans to drive annual progress towards these ambitious goals. Together, we made meaningful progress.
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Improving the survival chances and quality of life of women, newborns, and children remains an urgent global challenge. Since 2012, meaningful progress has been made in reducing maternal and under-5 deaths. Yet, more than 5 million children under the age of five and 287,000 women are still dying, largely from preventable causes, every year.
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Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths: A Framework for Action in a Changing World