The MDSR Action Network is the outcome of a collaboration between various organisations committed to end all preventable maternal deaths:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. The department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at WHO works to generate evidence to produce norms, standards and guidelines that serve to guide countries
  • In addition to being the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) works to improve global health, including global reproductive health.
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) aims to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promote reproductive rights, reduce and maternal mortality. It also advocates for human rights and gender equality.
  • The Department for International Development (DfID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DfID is a ministerial department, supported by two agencies and public bodies.
  • The Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (CAN-MNCH) is a network of 70 Canadian NGOs, academic institutions and health professional associations working together to improve the lives of women and children in the world’s poorest countries.
  • The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is a worldwide organisation that groups obstetricians and gynecologists. It has member associations in 125 countries/territories and aims to promote the well-being of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a non-profit coalition of organisations whose mission is to raise awareness of stillbirth and to promote global collaboration in the effective prevention of stillbirth and provision of appropriate care for parents whose baby is stillborn.
  • Evidence for Action, a multi-year programme which aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, it is lead by African experts in the six countries, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania and supported by experts in academic and other institutions specialising in maternal and newborn health.

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Useful websites

Do you need more information or stories on how to save mothers’ lives? The websites below may be useful!

  • The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is global health partnership founded in 2005 and hosted at the WHO. It brings together more than 500 members working in the field of maternal, newborn and child health. Its website features a great resource library as well as an events calendar.
  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is an accredited non-governmental organisation and represents midwives and midwifery to organisations worldwide to achieve common goals in the care of mothers and newborns. It supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world, which collectively represent more than 300,000 midwives globally.
  • The Maternal Health Task Force believes that enabling access to high-quality technical evidence is critical to the elimination of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. The Task Force’s website provides a wealth of current, reliable evidence on maternal health, including guidance and tools, statistics and articles.
  • Women Deliver is a global advocacy organisation bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.
  • The White Ribbon Alliance unites citizens to demand the right to a safe birth for every woman, everywhere. Their mission is to inspire and convene advocates who campaign to uphold the right of all women to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth.
  • EngenderHealth is a leading global women’s health organisation committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. They train healthcare professionals In 20 countries to make high-quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health services available.