Maternal and Newborn Health Fact Sheet
Each year the world continues to lose almost 300,000 mothers as a result of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Another 6.6 million deaths occur among children under age 5, of which 44 percent occur during the first month of life. The first 48 hours after birth are the most critical, with almost half of newborn deaths occurring within the first 24 hours of life. Yet for millions of mothers in low-resource settings, antenatal care is not routine, births are unattended, and postpartum care is non-existent. Furthermore, those babies who do survive remain at risk—malnutrition alone contributes indirectly to more than one-third of child deaths, and treatable diarrhea and pneumonia claim 2 million young lives annually.