810 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
That is equal to one woman dying every two minutes and although there has been a decline in child mortality rates, thousands of mothers still mourn the loss of their children every day.
In 2018, an estimated 6.2 million children and adolescents under the age of 15 died
94% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, with Africa being the hardest-hit region
1 in 13 children in sub-Saharan Africa die before their fifth birthday
What we are doing
Improving women’s and children’s health is one of the most important investments you can make. Healthy women, children and adolescents are the core of strong families and thriving communities. That is why HPIC works with partners and local health authorities to provide quality care for women, newborns, children and adolescents in some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world.
HPIC improves women’s and children’s health by focusing on:
1. Increasing awareness about maternal and child health
We engage community leaders and health workers to promote maternal and child health, encourage healthy behaviours and practices within local communities, and ensure that every woman has access to the information she needs to safely deliver her baby and care for herself and her children.
2. Strengthening local capacities
We equip and train nurses, midwives and other frontline health workers in maternal and child health services, emergency obstetric and newborn care, the recognition of danger signs, and many other aspects of women’s and children’s health.
3. Addressing gaps in medicines and supplies for maternal, child and reproductive health
- We ensure that essential supplies and medicines are stocked in health facilities and placed in the hands of healthcare workers.
- Our mother-child health kits equip frontline health workers with the tools needed to conduct effective community outreach activities.
- Our newborn kits provide essential supplies needed to care for babies within the first few weeks of life.
- We also expand access to family planning and contraceptives to help women plan and space their pregnancies for improved health outcomes.
4. Supporting menstrual hygiene management
Menstrual hygiene is vital to the empowerment and well-being of women and girls around the world. We work closely with local partners to improve access to menstrual hygiene supplies and provide menstrual education for adolescent girls, allowing them to manage their menstruation safely and with dignity.
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