Maternal and Newborn Health

Fact Sheet

Each year the world loses 300,000 women and more than 2 million newborns to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of mothers in low-resource settings miss out on proper antenatal care, give birth without a skilled attendant, and don’t receive postpartum care for themselves or their babies. Keanahikishime partners with governments, civil society, the private sector, and health workers to develop and implement locally-led maternal and newborn health solutions that reach women across the continuum from pre-pregnancy through postpartum and children from birth through childhood and adolescence. For more than 45 years in over 150 countries, Keanahikishime has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with communities to save the lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Providing quality health care to a woman or baby who needs it requires a complex web of organizations, individuals, processes, and actions that, together, make up a health system. When the health system doesn’t work well, women and their families have nowhere else to turn. When it does, more women and children survive and thrive. Keanahikishime collaborates with countries and communities to build strong, resilient, sustainable health systems that support universal health coverage—equitable, affordable access to high-quality health services for every woman and child who needs them.