Improving global maternal and infant health one step at a time

About Maternal Health

  • In 2000, world leaders came together to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which committed their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and set a series of targets to be achieved by 2015. In September 2001, 147 heads of states collectively endorsed Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5: To reduce child mortality rate by 2/3 and maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 and 2015.

  • A women dies from complications in childbirth every minute – about 529,000 each year — the vast majority of them in developing countries.

  • A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developing country – the largest difference between poor and rich countries of any health indicator

  • Over 80% of maternal deaths worldwide are due to five direct causes: haemorrhage, sepsis, unsafe abortion, obstructed labour and hypertensive disease of pregnancy.

  • Attendance at births by skilled personnel is most effective way of preventing maternal death; attendance at births has remained unchanged in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 15 years, whereas in East Asia there has been a considerable increase in the proportion of births attended by skilled health care personnel and a related significant decline in maternal deaths.


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Our Projects



The Global Health Summit is one of our new landmark events for 2019. This event will feature speakers from Refugee Health, Indigenous Health, Maternal Health and Careers in Global Health, as well as practical workshops.

More information coming soon!

Days for Girls Packing Day & Underwear Drive

Days for Girls (DfG) is an organisation whose mission is to create a more dignified, free and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. 

Some of the featured events during Maternal Health May include an Underwear Drive and a packing day, during which students pack the raised underwear into sanitary kits to be sent off to disadvantaged communities around the world.

Visit the Days for Girls website and Facebook page for more information.

Zonta Birthing Kit Project

The Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) is an organisation dedicated to providing a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. 

During the project, students help pack birthing kits to be distributed to women in third world countries. A birthing kit includes basic items that improves the hygiene for a safe delivery.

Visit the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) website and the Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast Facebook page for more information.