Today marks International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, which is observed every year on April 11. Safe Motherhood Week is happy to support this important event.
The philosophy underpinning this global online event aligns closely with that of Safe Motherhood Week – to make comprehensive, respectful, and rights-based maternal health care available to all.
The online discussion that will take place today will serve as a call to action for government, international institutions, and the global community to recognise the day and take action to keep maternal health on the agenda.
The message is particularly pertinent in 2017 as the refugee crisis continues in Europe, with many pregnant women in refugee camps receiving no maternal care.
This event is also another reminder that we are committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, targets which apply not just to ‘developing’ countries but to all countries, including those within Europe. Five million women give birth in Europe each year, but one in 10 have no access to maternal care in the first months of their pregnancy.
Here at Safe Motherhood Week we are working hard to highlight safe motherhood as a collective issue, one that we all have a role to play in. We believe that every woman is entitled to a safe and positive motherhood experience. Soon we will be announcing the dates of this year’s Safe Motherhood Week – stay tuned!