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Ensuring Access to Life-Saving Maternal Health Services in Under 2 Hours

Providing access for over 90% of pregnant women to maternity units that offer quality emergency obstetric and newborn care within 2-hour travel time.

Credit: UNFPA Togo

The Program



Partner: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Budget: 997 million yen
Term: 5 years
Launch: 2021
Area: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo

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Every day, 810 women die from obstetric complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and immediately after birth, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, where timely (within 2 hours) access to quality emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) is a challenge. Building on the countries’ national network of EmONC health facilities and leveraging advanced technologies, this program aims to save the lives of 518,100 pregnant women and 492,500 newborns by reducing the time to seek care, to access services, and to get quality care.



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