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Maternal and Child Health

    Maternal and Child Health

    Launch of the caravan, for Amnesty International's campaign to stop maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, September 2009

    Women and girls have a right to life, but an estimated 358,000 die each year because of the poverty and injustice they suffer. Amnesty International is campaigning globally to safeguard the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls and to stop the human rights violations that lead to preventable maternal death and injury.

    One of the clearest consequences of gender-based discrimination combined with poverty is the large number of preventable deaths and injuries that women and girls experience in pregnancy and childbirth each year. The majority of these maternal deaths take place in developing countries.

    The top five causes of maternal mortality in the world today are: severe bleeding, infection, unsafe abortion, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, and obstructructed labour. Most of these deaths can be prevented through access to a skilled birth attendant and emergency obstetrical care.

    Amnesty is campaigning to empower women and girls to claim their rights with the necessary information, skills and power to participate in shaping the policies and practices that affect their lives. We are calling on governments to provide women and girls with access to the sexual and reproductive health services that can save their lives.

    Join Amnesty members from around the world in taking action now.

    Photo: Launch of the caravan, for Amnesty International's campaign to stop maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, September 2009

    Recommended Resources

    The Maternal Health and Sexual and Reproductive Toolkit for Activists

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