Maternal Health Thematic Fund Annual Report 2015. UNFPA. (2016)


The Maternal Health Thematic Fund (MHTF) supports 39 countries with a high burden of maternal mortality in five priority areas: to increase the availability and quality of their midwifery workforce; to ensure equitable access to quality emergency obstetric and newborn care services in case pregnant women experience complications; to set up a national maternal death surveillance and response system to register and review the case of every woman who dies in pregnancy and childbirth in order to prevent future deaths; to strengthen the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula and support the social reintegration of women and girls with fistula, including those deemed incurable or inoperable; and to address the needs of first time young mothers, often still children themselves, who are particularly vulnerable during pregnancy, childbirth and caring for their newborns.

Keywords: maternal death, newborn care, surveillance, response


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