Maternal and Newborn Health

Every 11 seconds, a woman or newborn under one month old dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. While the majority of these deaths occur in low-income countries, marginalized communities everywhere are disproportionately affected.
People Impacted
$ 1.6T
Potential Funding
I have this challenge
the problem
Nature and Context

Even after childbirth, obstacles to physical and mental well-being abound, from premature birth complications for babies to postpartum complications for women. Notably, the first month of a child’s life, the newborn period, is the most critical for survival and brain development.

who benefits from solving this problem
  • Women giving birth in the United States.

  • Marginalized Communities are particularly vulnerable; A black woman is 3.3 times more likely to die from a complication in pregnancy or childbirth than a white woman.

Ideas Description
  • Expand access to high-quality, affordable maternal and newborn care for women, new mothers, and newborns, including by expanding the health workforce, improving service delivery and diagnostics, and lowering barriers to seeking care, including stigma;.

  • Decrease the risk of disease among mothers and newborns, including by increasing vaccination rates and reducing infectious disease transmission from mother to baby.

  • Improve gynecological health for all women.

  • Support the mental and emotional health of women throughout pregnancy and after childbirth, through psychological and medical care, as well as community support.

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