Health topics

Maternal health


It is the right of every mother and newborn child to survive pregnancy and childbirth and to have a safe pregnancy. Families, communities, and local and national governments have the responsibility to prevent their deaths.

The regional objectives in Making Pregnancy Safer are: To support countries and areas in developing evidence-based policies and strategies for the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality. To improve access to the full range of affordable, equitable and high–quality family planning and reproductive health services to increase contraceptive use rate and reduce unwanted pregnancies. To improve the health and nutrition status of women of all ages, especially pregnant and nursing women.