Maternal health

Every day some 830 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. Many more have serious injuries or long-lasting consequences. 

IPPF works around the world to improve maternal health through our clinics and outreach services and by training health workers, improving the availability of essential medicines and strengthening health systems.

Dr Gisele Nyamalibu is a local health worker in the DRC, currently leading the humanitarian response in Bukavu following the volcanic eruption in Goma. Driven by her passion to provide crucial sexual and reproductive healthcare, she spends her time servicing the refugee community.
Claudine, aged 27, is a sex worker. "In the past, I was wary of 'contraceptive' methods, but once I tried them and I didn't notice any negative impact on my body, so I made it a habit not to get pregnant".
The Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH Lot 1) programme offers quality integrated sexual and reproductive health services across the Democratic Republic of Congo through IPPF Member, Association pour le Bien-Etre Familial – Naissances Désirables (ABEF-ND).
The SPRINT Initiative provides one of the most important aspects of humanitarian assistance that is often forgotten when disaster and conflicts strike: access to essential life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. We build capacity of humanitarian workers to deliver essential ...
The Association de Bien-Etre Familial – Naissances Désirables (ABEF-ND) The Democratic Republic of Congo is vast: it is Africa’s second largest country and has nearly 68 million inhabitants. The sexual and reproductive health (SRH) challenges are correspondingly immense, with the ...