Maternal and Child Health

  • USAID's 2017 Acting on the Call report examines how a focus on health systems can save the lives of women and children.

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  • Protected Together, #VaccinesWork. Learn more about USAID’s immunization efforts!

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  • USAID works with local governments, like this one in the Iganga district, Uganda, to identify communities that lack life-saving health services.

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FAST FACTS
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MATERNAL HEALTH

When a mother dies in childbirth, her infant has only a 19% chance of surviving his or her first month.

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NEWBORN HEALTH

When interventions are delivered during labor and childbirth and immediate newborn care is provided, up to 51% of newborn deaths can be avoided.

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CHILD HEALTH

Diarrhea is one of the leading killers of children under-five, contributing to more deaths than HIV, malaria, and measles combined. An at-home treatment typically costs less than $.50.

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IMMUNIZATION

Immunization yields up to a 44-fold return on investment in low- and middle-income countries and averts an estimated 2 to 3 million child deaths each year.

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WASH

Women and girls without access to toilets spend 97 billion hours each year looking for a place to relieve themselves, translating into 97 billion hours of lost productivity.

USAID’s maternal and child health programs work to ensure that all women and children have the same chance of a healthy life, regardless of where they are born. In the past 10 years, USAID has helped save the lives of more than 5 million children and 200,000 women. Our efforts focus on 25 priority countries, that together account for more than two-thirds of maternal and child deaths worldwide. Despite this progress, more than 15,000 children and 830 women still die every day from  causes we could have prevented. Mothers and children are invaluable to their families, communities, societies, and economies, and the loss of even one life robs these families and communities of their potential.

In 2016, USAID helped 82 million women and children access essential, often life-saving, health services.

USAID is a global leader in maternal and child health and partners with governments to meet the health needs of their women and children. USAID acts as a catalyst to leverage new ideas, mobilize domestic resources, and accelerate global progress by uniting new partners around a common goal: ensure women and children have the same chance of survival, regardless of where they are born. USAID’s support focuses on scaling up high-impact interventions that address the main causes of death, using data to prioritize populations and geographies and innovation to accelerate progress. USAID's Acting on the Call reports present a roadmap with country-specific plans and updates on progress. By helping keep women and children healthy, USAID is supporting countries on their pathway to self reliance.

To achieve this goal, USAID works to improve the accessibility and quality of basic interventions that can save, and have saved, millions of lives, categorized into five key areas:

USAID acts as a catalyst to leverage new ideas, mobilize domestic resources, and accelerate global progress by uniting new partners around a common goal: ensure women and children have the same chance of survival, regardless of where they are born.

Success Stories

The Time to Make Progress? Right Now.
Addressing critical health challenges with technology

Improving Women’s Lives in Bangladesh
A simple procedure that empowers women

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lifesaving Kit Stops Postpartum Bleeding
The innovation that helps women survive a once fatal complication

 

Related Resources

Acting on the Call Report

Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action

Global Health Report to Congress

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Global Health

 

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Last updated: March 26, 2018

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