MacArthur seeks to reduce maternal death and illness in the developing world, with a special focus on Mexico, Nigeria, and India, where the Foundation has offices.

At A Glance

  • More than 340,000 women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth, most of which could be prevented with appropriate maternal health services and care.
  • In 2008, more than 50 percent of all maternal deaths occurred in only six countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Reducing maternal mortality is a worthy goal in itself, but it is also a good indicator that women are receiving the reproductive health services they need.
  • After years of stagnation in the number of maternal deaths around the world, recent research shows signs of progress, offering hope that maternal mortality can be reduced.
  • MacArthur’s grantmaking to reduce maternal mortality focuses on developing innovative models that can eventually be scaled up, enhancing the skills of health professionals, promoting informed advocacy on issues related to maternal mortality, and research.
  • Most of MacArthur’s grantmaking to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity is carried out in India, Nigeria, and Mexico, where the Foundation maintains offices.

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Population & Reproductive Health, Health, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Population