How humanitarian crises impact maternal and child health

Among Save the Children’s recommendations: prioritize making health care accessible to mothers and newborns, invest in women and girls, promote crisis preparedness, and devise emergency responses that account for the unique needs of mothers and children.

Giving Birth amid Chaos in South Sudan

South Sudan

Ms. Akuol was seven months pregnant when she escaped Bor State with her family after violence broke out between government and opposition forces in mid-December 2013.

An Estimated 200,000 Pregnant Women in Syria in Need of Urgent Care, Warns UNFPA

UNFPA is is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of pregnant women, including an estimated 1,480 women who give birth in dire conditions every day.

Report: More than 4.3M Syrian children need humanitarian aid

The country’s three-year war has taken a devastating toll on children’s health, according to charity Save the Children.

South Sudan: ‘One of the most dangerous places to give birth’

South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous nations on earth to give birth, according to a new report from Save the Children.

More than a million babies die on the day of their birth every year

Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic

Save the Children argues that most of these deaths are preventable.

CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair

Central African Republic

WHO blames years of underdevelopment and neglect from the international community for the dire situation in CAR.

Seasonal Migration Frustrates Ethiopia’s Family Planning


Ethiopia’s Demographic and Health Survey shows that the unmet need for contraceptives in this Horn of Africa nation now stands at 25.3 percent.

Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan


The psychological trauma of a disaster on the scale of Typhoon Haiyan, may bring on premature labour, say health workers. “If the baby is delivered preterm, there is a lower rate of survival,” Umali said.

Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency


UN agencies stress need for breastfeeding support to mothers in affected areas.