Photo Gallery: A day in a maternity clinic
Our clinic in South Sudan helps mothers and children during civil war
Antenatal, postnatal, maternal and newborn health
Safe births|Family planning|A healthy start in life
The health and well-being of women is essential for the success of those around them from their families, communities and even nations. Children are inevitably the most vulnerable when disasters, conflicts or outbreaks of disease strike.
Providing basic health care to babies during pregnancy, through birth and in the first five years of life makes a massive difference to their chances of survival, as well as their physical and mental development.
Globally, up to 80 per cent of internally displaced people and refugees are women and children. They are almost invariably the worst affected by the humanitarian crises where International Medical Corps’ are responding.
When a woman dies in childbirth, her surviving children are ten times more likely to die within two years than those whose mother remains in the home. And among adolescent girls, about 70,000 deaths occur every year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth.
We aim to improve the health of expectant mothers through a range of maternal and newborn health care services. In the communities where our teams work, we strive to ensure that every woman has the chance to have a properly trained skilled birth attendant with them whilst giving birth. This dramatically reduces rates of maternal and newborn deaths.
Wherever possible, International Medical Corps also provides quality emergency care for women experiencing difficult labour.
Over 220 million women worldwide want to delay or avoid a pregnancy but are unable to practice family planning because they lack the access. This is why International Medical Corps provide family planning advice and promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies at every Primary health care facility we support.
Our nutrition and immunisation programmes target children under five in some of the most challenging conditions in the world, to provide every child no matter where they are born, with the chance of a healthy start in life.