Reproductive and maternal health

A focus on reproductive and maternal health directly benefits the mother and her newborn child, but it also strengthens families and communities. Family planning allows women to space their pregnancies, and can delay pregnancy in younger women, who often face an increased risk of complications. Ensuring safe pregnancies and childbirth is critical. Maternal deaths are the second biggest killer of women of reproductive age. Almost all (99%) of the approximate 287,000 maternal deaths every year occur in developing countries.

Despite the increase in contraceptive use over the past 30 years, many women in all regions still do not have access to modern contraceptive methods. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, one in four women who wish to delay or stop childbearing does not use any family planning method.

As part of our commitment to improving maternal and child health, IDA is proud to supply the thirteen commodities identified by the UN as having the potential to save women and children’s lives. Many of these products have been in IDA’s range for years, and it is critical that these high-impact commodities receive extra attention.

In addition to the thirteen life-saving commodities, IDA offers hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), female and male condoms, folic acid, Clean Delivery Kits, Diarrhoea Kits and child nutrition products.

Since 2000, child deaths have reduced by nearly 50%, and from 2000 to 2017, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 38%. These changes are mostly due to improved access to affordable, quality health services and medical care (UNICEF, 2019).