• Organization TypeFoundation
  • Founded2005

Maternity Foundation (MF)

It Should Not Cost Life to Give Life Maternity Foundation is a Danish development organization that aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. Every year, around 300,000 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life, and 2.6 million stillbirths occur. The majority of these deaths are preventable. Maternity Foundation works to empower and mobilize women to seek care, to build the capacity of and train health practitioners, so that more women give birth with skilled birth attendance. Maternity Foundation’s own program, the Maternal and Newborn Health Program in Ethiopia, works with local partners in the capacity building of health care workers and empowering the community to seek care. Maternity Foundation focuses on developing evidence-based solutions that can be scaled up to benefit as many women and newborns as possible. With this approach, the organisation is positioning itself as a strong actor within the emerging field of mHealth, with mobile solutions such as The Safe Delivery App, which is currently being implemented across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has been a patron of Maternity Foundation. The Crown Princess is an active advocate for women’s rights and health, and is a member of the international high-level panel of ICPD and patron for the UN Population Fund. Maternity Foundation was established in 2005 and is headquartered in Denmark.
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