Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International

Reducing maternal & child mortality in The Gambia

Our Strengthening Emergency Care programme (SEC) is a sustainable whole system programme for the emergency care of pregnant women, newborn infants and children in countries where there is extreme poverty.

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The risk of maternal death in The Gambia is 1 in 32. Many women, babies and children die because of inadequate health care. More than 80 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide are due to five direct causes: haemorrhage, sepsis, unsafe abortion, obstructed labour and hypertensive disease of pregnancy


Whilst we acknowledge the importance of maternal and child health care improvements through primary prevention, inevitably emergency situations arise which are poorly managed, especially in the early hours of their presentation, leading to avoidable maternal and child deaths. In The Gambia for example over two-thirds of the deaths take place during labour or shortly after delivery.