Mothers and babies can be saved, starting right now
Some global health issues are so complex that achieving widespread improvement could take decades. That’s not the case for the health challenges faced by newborns and their mothers.
With simple, low-cost tools and approaches, it is truly possible—right now—to save millions of lives. That’s why PATH identifies solutions to the challenges threatening vulnerable moms and babies and helps them reach communities worldwide.
The need is urgent—especially in developing countries, where 99 percent of maternal and newborn deaths occur. In Africa, one woman out of 40 will lose her life during pregnancy or childbirth. And every year, nearly 3 million newborns die in the first month of life. That’s a staggering loss of potential.
A safe start for every life
It doesn’t have to be this way. In wealthy countries, mothers and babies thrive when they have access to education, support, trained medical personnel, and diagnostic tests and equipment. Yet worldwide, millions of families lack these crucial resources.
PATH is partnering with countries and communities to turn the tide. We’re working to make sure all expectant mothers can give birth in a healthy environment with skilled medical care. We empower communities with the information and education to protect moms and babies during birth and the vulnerable weeks that follow. We advocate to make newborns and their mothers a global priority. And we advance low-cost, easy-to-use technologies to combat common and deadly problems in labor and delivery, including postpartum hemorrhage, infections, and mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
By getting the right tools and approaches to communities everywhere, we’re giving more mothers and babies the chance to thrive—regardless of where they are born or where they live.
Photo: Wendy Stone.
Ordinary people and everyday tools making childbirth safer in India
Ordinary people work with PATH to make families in India healthier
Carla Gart endures a rough boat ride to safely deliver her baby