Maternal Health

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UNICEF in Action

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NEPAL: Women attend Safe Motherhood Programme in Meghauli in Chitwan District.

UNICEF and key partners are working with South Asian governments, policy makers and women at the community level to ensure that programmes and policies respond to women’s needs.

Globally, UNICEF is a key partner in the Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group. UNICEF also collaborates closely with the World Health Organization’s Making Pregnancy Safer initiative.

UNICEF is working with Columbia University to help implement an emergency obstetric care strategy through producing manuals, technical papers, and tools benefiting UNICEF country offices and partners. The UNICEF Woman’s Right to Life and Health Initiative (WRLH) has been implemented in seven South Asian countries to make emergency obstetric care available to more women.

In 2004 UNICEF, the South Asia Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SAFOG) and other development partners launched the South Asia Maternal and Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Reduction Network. This network is addressing three strategic areas: advocacy for action, human resource development and policy, and making emergency obstetric care a priority in national health and development programmes.



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