Maternal and Child Health

Women make up half of the world’s population and represent 70% of the world’s poor. Each year millions of women and girl’s worldwide living in poverty are faced with many injustices, obstacles, and discrimination. This results in them not receiving some of the most basic needs, such as good health, proper nutrition, getting an education and finding employment.

Women all over the world face the dark reality of abandonment, exploitation, and abuse. Samaritan’s Purse works to reach the most vulnerable of women and children with the light of the Gospel. We meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women through programmes like maternal and child health, safe migration and trafficking awareness, and vocational training.

Did you know these six facts about women and girls around the world?

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  • Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth-that’s more than 350,000 women every year. (Amnesty International USA)
  • Women account for 70% of the population living in absolute poverty (on less than $1 a day). (Global Citizen, 2012)
  • Women make up 80% of all refugees and displaced people. (Amnesty International USA)
  • Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population. (UNHCR)
  • 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.  (United States Department, 2015)
  • One out of five girls in the developing world doesn’t even complete the sixth grade. (UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics estimation, 2015)

You can help mothers protect their health and the health of their children – support this ministry through the Samaritan’s Purse Giving Catalogue.

Project: Nutrition and Maternal Education Development (NAMED)
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Status: In Progress

This project has been designed to deliver critical health information aimed at reducing mortality and improving the health of pregnant women and children under five. The project aims to create long term behaviour change and empower women with the knowledge and skills required to improve the health of their family and provide them with access to local health services.

Project: Maternal and Child Health & Access to Safe Water & Sanitation Facilities
Location: River Gee County, Liberia
Status: In Progress

The goal of the project is to improve the health and nutritional status of 71,594 women and children and increasing access to safe water and sanitation facilities through the Care Group methodology, providing training, education, capacity building and support to families in River Gee County, Liberia.

Project funded by the UK Department for International Development

Project: Integrated Maternal Child health: The New Way
Location: Karamoja, Northern Uganda
Status: Complete

The New Way” set out to improve the health of women and children in the impoverished Napak district of Karamoja, Uganda with the goal of reducing maternal and child mortality. The project goals were to decrease malnutrition, teach prevention and treatment of common childhood diseases, and increase uptake of antenatal and birthing care.

Project was funded by the UK Department for International Development