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Photo : Midwives can teach the basics of hygiene and help mothers to perform their parenting under the best possible conditions.

2. FIGHTING MATERNAL AND NEONATAL MORTALITY

Women play a key role in development and poverty reduction. But in giving life, they too often lose their own and their child’s life due to lack of proper care.

The health of mothers and their newborn children are closely related

300,000 women die each year during pregnancy, childbirth or puerperium, leaving nearly one million orphans.

African women run a hundredfold greater risk of losing their lives than women in rich countries. Nearly 2 million newborns worldwide die within 24 hours of being born and 2.6 million are stillborn.

99% of these deaths occur in developing countries

Most of these deaths could have been avoided. They occur because these women do not have access to functional care centers and skilled health personnel. Considerable progress has nevertheless been made. In twenty years, maternal mortality has been reduced by nearly 50%. But these figures reveal one of the world’s most serious and persistent inequalities.

Sanofi Espoir Foundation is committed to helping midwives

It supports 12 field programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve maternal and neonatal health.

Six new projects are focused on boosting expertise among midwives and networking them with other health professionals, as they play an essential role in education and prevention among young girls and future mothers, and they also save lives.