It should be the happiest moment in a mother's life: the moment when she holds her new baby in her arms for the first time. A new life -- full of hope, of love and wonder.
But in some parts of the world, pregnancy and childbirth is a time fraught with worry, and with good reason. The statistics are stunning:
Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of those deaths are in the developing world.
1 in 5 women in Africa loses a baby in her lifetime. In richer countries, that number is around 1 in 125.
Almost 8 million children die each year before their 5th birthdays—that's almost 21,000 children each day—from largely preventable causes.
But there is good news: there are easy solutions, and they're not far from reach.
It costs just pennies a day to provide moms and babies with proper nutrition, to train midwives to help during childbirth, to vaccinate children against life-threatening diseases and to use simple, innovative technology to deliver crucial health information to women and health workers in remote areas.
Whether you are a mom or you just love your mom, you can help. It's easy.
Take the Million Moms Challenge!
Take the Challenge
Every 90 seconds a woman needlessly loses her life in pregnancy or childbirth. But 80% of these are preventable. Take action now: