Reducing Afghan maternal deaths

One woman in eleven dies from pregnancy-related causes in Afghanistan which can be relatively easy prevented. Working with village women themselves, their husbands and the health service provider we are introducing means which will continue to prevent as many deaths as possible each year.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




In rural Afghanistan maternal mortality was the highest in the world. Most rural maternal deaths are due to delay in deciding to make the journey from a remote village to the health centre when a woman goes into labour and the time it takes to get there. Newborn babies die from hypothermia. Before we started one in five children died before the age of 5. Most under-five deaths in summer are from drinking water and in winter from pneumonia. 65% of children are stunted UNICEF)


The project will raise women’s and men’s awareness of specific risks of pregnancy and childbirth and enable them to detect complications and take action at an early stage. Outreach antenatal care by midwives will also help detect problems and midwives will draw up birth plans with women and their husbands. Heads of village women’s groups can phone for emergency transport. Provision of clean water and fruit and nut trees and vegetable gardens will reduce malnutrition.