When moms are healthy, so are their communities. Learn how your organization can support maternal health from experts in the field.
The past two decades have seen significant progress in the state of maternal health around the globe. Between 2000 and 2017, the maternal mortality rate was reduced by 38% worldwide. Despite this, there remains much room for improvement—there were 295,000 maternal deaths in 2017, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15–19-year-old girls globally, and barriers to access (such as poverty, distance to healthcare facilities, and inadequate services) persist.
The nonprofit community continues to play a vital role in taking on this challenge. In February, GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in the Peer Learning Network met to discuss maternal health in their communities and how non-health focused organizations could support maternal health through their existing programs. Here’s what they had to say: