healthmr-1Maternal mortality is unacceptably high. About 800 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. In 2013, 289,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented.

The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. A huge proportion of Kenya’s population, poor women and youth, are excluded from good health care, especially in rural areas where there are few facilities and not many people can afford to use them. The social security system is inadequate and health services are often of poor quality; financial resources are insufficient and they are not used to the best possible effect.