Foreign Affairs
800 pregnant women worldwide perish daily during pregnancy or childbirth – President

The United Nations is strengthening its efforts to prevent the deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth. The aim is that by the year 2030 the number of deaths be reduced to 70 for every 100,000 births throughout the world. The majority of deaths of pregnant women or mothers giving birth is widely prevalent among refugees and women fleeing their country of birth.

Currently worldwide, 800 pregnant women die daily during pregnancy or childbirth. However, few stop to think about the condition of pregnant women or women after childbirth and how many of them face death situations.

This rate of female mortality was mentioned by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca during a public lecture in New York organised by the UN through the organisation Merck for Mothers, which strives for the healthy well-being of women who are carrying children or have just given birth. For many this is a natural process but for others this is a time of pain and suffering they bear in silence because they have no means to medical care and this may lead to their deaths.

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said the aim of Merck for Mothers which is led by Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet has to be on women at the peripheries of society, including those in refugee camps and women who flee their country without any belongings. Many of these end up with an absence of medical care.

Mary-Ann Etiebet, The Executive Director of Merck for Mothers said that the organisation estimates that every two minutes worldwide a pregnant woman or one during childbirth perishes.

She said that through the UN the organisation is working on a programme to create a greater awareness, especially among women themselves to strive to make such deaths a thing of the past.