Preparing for life
Each year more then 300.000 women and almost 2.7 million newborn babies die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, most of them in developing countries. Young adolescents, women living in rural areas and poorer communities, and their babies face a higher risk of complications, often resulting in lifelong disease or handicap, and death as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
Most of these catastrophes are preventable. Efficiency and effectivity of prevention is best when started as early as possible. Therefore health before pregancy (= preconception health) should be an essential component of maternal and child health promotion and care.
The mission of Preparing for Life to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100 000 live births and the deaths of newborns to at least 12 per 1000 live births by 2030, following the Sustainable Development Goals.
To initiate and support awareness- and prevention programs worldwide, addressing the adverse health effects of avoidable risks for parents-to-be and the fetus/neonate before pregnancy occurs. For the sake of sustainability of results we aim to involve all stakeholders, including governments, from the beginning onward.
The unique nature of the Preparing of Life organization is the cooperation between a diversity of committed groups: scientific, medical and public health professionals, patient organizations and service organizations.
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