Why do so many women die in childbirth?
Improving access to maternal health services
Providing training for local midwives and doctors
Improving access to health centres and hospitals
It costs just £15 to provide a safe birth for a mother and her baby


Maternity Worldwide works in developing countries to help women and girls access the high quality maternal health care they need to be able to give birth safely.

Having a baby should be a time of great joy and hope. But every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. That’s one mother dying every 2 minutes, 800 each day. These women do not need to suffer and die; most lives could be saved relatively easily and cheaply. Many mothers die as a result of conditions which would be treated routinely in other parts of the world, for example complications from high blood pressure and haemorrhages at delivery.

At Maternity Worldwide we know that there are many different reasons why women and girls don’t receive the maternal health care they need. We work alongside local communities and partners to address each of these and enable women and girls in some of the poorest rural areas of the world to give birth safely. Find out more  »

Our Projects

Ethiopia, West Wollega

  • Phase 1: 2007-2009 – This is how we began our very first integrated maternal health programme. More »
  • Phase 2: 2010-14 – Rolling the programme out to more villages and introducing new services. More »
  • Primary Care Outreach Project – Extending work into a community setting. More »

Malawi, Zomba District

  • Work is now well underway in setting up an integrated maternal health programme in Malawi. More »

Uganda, Hoima

  • We’ve completed a detailed  local needs assessment, made links with local partners in Uganda and are now planning the most effective ways of increasing access to maternal health services. More »

A mother’s story