We have made enormous progress in the area of technology and medicine over the past 10 years. Vaccines against deadly diseases, DNA sequencing, stem cells research, face transplants and surgeries that can now be conducted via few millimeters’ orifice. However, there is still a lot to be done. In recent years around 830 pregnant women are dying every day. Around 303,000 maternal and 2.6 million neonatal deaths were registered in 2015 alone. With the technology and science within reach, could it be possible that these deaths could have been prevented by providing access to basic health care?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2018), the majority of the 830 mothers who daily lose their lives die from preventable causes. 99% of the cases occur in developing countries and their fragile community settings, located in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, with limited access to healthcare. While the maternal mortality ratio in developed countries is 12 per 100,000 live births, in developing countries this proportion reaches 239 in every 100,000 (WHO, 2015).