Improving maternal and neonatal health

According to WHO, 300,000 women die each year during pregnancy, childbirth or childbirth and 50% of deliveries take place without medical assistance.

2.7 million of children die within the first 28 days The assistance of trained personnel can save the lives of these women and their newborns.

It is estimated that 350,000 midwives are missing. In Africa, the majority of women give birth alone, up to 92% in South Sudan, and are not receiving prenatal care.

The Foundation is committed to empowering women and newborns in developing countries to have better access to quality care

Since 2010, the Foundation has been engaged with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and its NGO partners in supporting the development of holistic, long-term programs focused on three priorities:

  • Improving the coordination of care and promoting the multidisciplinary management of pregnancy and childbirth, mostly in emergency cases.
  • Upgrading local skills, particularly among midwives in remote areas.
  • Mobilizing communities and strengthening education and prevention among families.


Key figures

Since 2010 the Foundation has supported 16 projects in developing countries, which have helped to cover 870,000 pregnant women and train 6,520 health care providers including 2,600 midwives.