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Training 2,000 Health Workers and Supporting 600,000 People to Protect the Lives of Pregnant Women in Africa

Preventing maternal deaths, unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortions through a community-centered health promotion program.

The Program

Partner: JOICFP
Budget: 750 million yen
Term: 5 years
Launch: 2017
Area: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia

Globally, 830 women die every day from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. 99% of deaths take place in developing countries, with the situation in sub-Sahara Africa being the most severe. Most of these complications develop during pregnancy and are preventable or treatable. The program provides correct health knowledge and appropriate health services to reduce preventable maternal deaths and protect the lives of pregnant woman.


Stories of Impact


Our Stories: Shared Knowledge for a Better Life for All

The Takeda-JOICFP partnership brought 13 healthcare professionals from Africa to Suzaka, Japan to learn about the region’s transformational community health system, introduced over 50 years ago. See the profound exchanges between health workers who came together to share best practices with the goal of advancing family planning and maternal and child health.


Leader Driving Change: Sumie Ishii, Chairperson, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP)


Sumie Ishii is Chairperson of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) and Executive Committee member of the Global Health and Human Security Program, chaired by Parliamentary Member Keizo Takemi. A strong advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, she has been a member of numerous global health taskforces and committees, and was Joint Representative of the CSO Platform for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.


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