Topic » Maternal Health

More than 350,000 women die every year in pregnancy or childbirth – the majority of them in developing countries. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for women aged 15 to 19 worldwide, primarily due to complications of childbirth and unsafe abortion.

Universal access to family planning could prevent one-third of maternal deaths, while also allowing women to space or delay their pregnancies. Research shows mothers who wait three to five years before having another child have a lower risk of complications such as pre-eclampsia and hemorrhage and deliver healthier babies. PAI supports family planning as an effective strategy to improve maternal health, and advocates for increased access to life-saving reproductive and maternal health supplies.



Global Fund to Emphasize Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning

May 13, 2010

The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria is urging countries to invest in maternal and child health (MCH) programming as it prepares to launch its next Round of funding later this month. The Global Fund’s Board decided at its … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Funding Common Ground Report Summary

April 1, 2010

Suzanna Dennis and Clive Mutunga 2010 is a pivotal time to build financial support for international reproductive health, including family planning and maternal health. Despite a global financial crisis, donors are mobilizing around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially around … Continue reading »



Whoa Canada

March 19, 2010

Originally published on the Huffington Post. Canada did its best this week to act like George W. Bush. The government excluded family planning from a new maternal health initiative for developing countries it planned to launch at the G8 meeting … Continue reading »


Motherhood, It’s Complicated

February 18, 2010

Originally posted on the Huffington Post A colleague on maternity leave recently sent an e-mail saying what an incredible experience pregnancy is and how she can’t help thinking of the millions of women who go through it without the support … Continue reading »


A Measure of the Future: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Risk Index for the Pacific

December 7, 2009

  Based on the original PAI report Measure of Survival: A Measure of Survival – Calculating Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Risk The last two decades have seen a significant improvement in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of Pacific Island women. … Continue reading »



A Measure of Commitment: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Risk Index for Sub-Saharan Africa

September 2, 2009

Centre for the Study of Adolescence Population Action International In 2008 the number of African women who died from pregnancy and child birth was much higher than the number of casualties from all the major conflicts in Africa combined. Maternal … Continue reading »


Advocacy Guide

A Practical Guide to Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS into Grant Proposals to the Global Fund

August 28, 2009

Karen Hardee, Jill Gay and Elisha Dunn-Georgiou Integrating RH and HIV can greatly contribute to mitigating the AIDS pandemic by reducing unintended pregnancy; preventing perinatal transmission; expanding to more target groups; reducing gender based violence; meeting the needs of people … Continue reading »



Mothers — It’s Complicated

May 7, 2008

There are always complicated issues around mothers. Being one, having one, not having one, wanting one, losing one, not being one. Personally, we love our mothers even when we don’t. Culturally, we revere them. Globally, we say how important mothers … Continue reading »


Regional Advocacy Training in Fiji

December 5, 2007

Bula! (hello in Fiji). I am here in Fiji, taking part in a regional advocacy training for young people from the Pacific, put on by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, a sub-grantee of PAI’s. I arrived yesterday … Continue reading »


A Measure of Survival: Where are Women at Highest Reproductive Risk?

October 22, 2007

  Over half a million women worldwide die every year in pregnancy or childbirth—largely from preventable causes.  In the developing world, pregnancy remains the leading killer of women in their reproductive years.  And for young girls between the age of … Continue reading »