Improving maternal and newborn survival in Ethiopia
Key facts - Maternal and Newborn Mortality
Each year 300’000 mothers and 2.5 Mio newborns die around the world and another 2.6 Mio babies are stillborn.
Every 11 seconds a pregnant woman or a newborn dies somewhere in the world.
Every day approximately 810 women die from pregnancy or childbirth and approximately 7’000 newborns die on the day of their birth.
Maternal and newborn mortalities are unacceptably high and most deaths could be prevented.
The vast majority of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and in low-resource settings.
Ethiopia is a country with one of the highest mortality rates for mothers and babies in the world.
A safe delivery is essential for survival and a skilled pair of hands to help mothers and newborns around the time of birth can make the difference between life and death.
Lack of quality in health care at grass-root level and lack of access to health providers, besides different socio-economic factors, result in high maternal and newborn mortalities.
Midwife Mistir has received training in KIWI vacuum assisted delivery the day before. Working in the delivery room during duty she is able immediately to apply the technique she learned saving a baby from lack of oxygen during delivery
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Our vision: More women and children survive today than ever before, but despite progress maternal and newborn mortality is still too high. The inclusion of skilled birth attendance to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDG 3: 3.1 and 3.2: reduce maternal and neonatal mortality) is expected to reach universal coverage by 2030, and thus reduce mortality.
We believe strongly that all efforts are important and will have a crucial impact. FocusBirth is committed to participating actively.