Reproductive Health Team Director, Marie Stopes International
What's happening in Regional
Every day in sub-Saharan Africa, 542 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications and 2,800 newborn babies die. Most of these deaths can be prevented.
Investments across Africa, including the Global Financing Facility (GFF), are strengthening the technical and financial resources for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (also known as RMNCAH) in Africa. With more young people alive than ever before, harnessing the potential of these young people is a priority for governments and for the African Union.
If sub-Saharan African countries adopt policies that expand opportunities for young people and invest in human capital, the combined demographic dividend would be $500 billion a year, for up to 30 years.
Government spending on health as a % of total health expenditure
of women have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
maternal deaths per 100,000 live births