maternal and child mortality

Photo by Andrea Bruce

Twin newborns in MSF’s hospital in Khost, Afghanistan. The postnatal period is the most dangerous time for mothers and babies: 75% of all neonatal deaths and more than 35% of maternal deaths occur during the first week after birth. Read stories from the field about the challenges to providing pre and postnatal care in Because Tomorrow Needs Her:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 10 January 2014

Bangladesh: A boy with his mother.

As the world welcomes 2014, a new year draws us closer to the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  As countries rally in common pursuit of the goals – including to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and realize universal primary education – let us continue to accelerate our progress and embrace fresh opportunities to make a better world for every child, everywhere.

©UNICEF/Naser Siddique

“Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote Female Empowerment! Around the World! 😂🇰🇪🎉🎉🎉🙏🏻🎉🎉🎉happy 4th! 🇺🇸” -Madonna