In many countries within the Developing World the lack of world women´s health services and access to education seriously threaten the lives of women and children alike. Services we take for granted such as prenatal and postnatal clinics are often non existent giving rise to disease, postnatal infections and birth complications and lack of immunization.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says 99% of maternal deaths are preventable yet every minute a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes. Experts agree that the majority of maternal deaths are preventable through family planning to reduce unintended pregnancies, skilled medical attendance at all deliveries and timely emergency obstetric care in all cases where complications arise.
Millennium Development Goal 5 focuses on reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015 and ensuring universal access to reproductive health by 2015.