Over 200 Million people contract malaria every year, and of those more than 600,000 cases end in death. In Ghana alone, more than 200,000 children die. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease. UNICEF USA has provided more than 2 million treated bed nets to families with young children to help reduce the infection rate. In this video, hear the stories of two young mothers each of whom lost a child to malaria and are now hopeful for the future thanks to UNICEF and the bed nets they provide.
Maternal and Newborn Health
UNICEF's mission is to save and protect children's lives, as well as the lives of their families. In this video, see how SMS technology has helped decrease maternal mortality rates. UNICEF launched a program where volunteers were given cellphones with rapid SMS enabled technology that sends health information about pregnant women to the hospital. In emergency cases, this technology is able to alert an ambulance and can get the woman to the hospital. Thanks to UNICEF's support, these women are now able to get to the health center on time and receive the medial support they need.
This UNICEF report offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary.
Listen to a podcast that explains the health situation that many expectant mothers face in Afghanistan.
UNICEF Direct of Policy and Practice Richard Morgan helps to explain some of Progress for Children's major findings.
The lesson plans in this educator’s guide are intended to help students understand the great disparity in levels of maternal and newborn health around the world.
UNICEF Radio speaks to African Youth Forum delegate Bonolo Cebe, 18, about taking the Forum's call to action to leaders at the African Union Summit.
UNICEF and Kiwanis recently announced a historic five-year partnership to eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus. To learn more about tetanus and the new initiative, watch this UNICEF video.
Watch a video about UNICEF community health services in Afghanistan.
The Maternal and Newborn Health: Youth Report provides students with an overview of the issue of Maternal and Newborn Health. The report is an excellent accompaniment to the Maternal Health Educator Guide.