Preparing for Life is a Non-Governmenal Organization and Dutch initiative. It is driven by patient/parent organizations (VSOP/EGAN/IGA), service clubs and scientific/academic groups and institutions. The initiative was based on a report of the Health Council of The Netherlands, “Preconception Care: a good beginning” (2007) and on a report of an expert steering committee instituted by the Dutch Government, “Safe care around Pregnancy and Birth” (2010).
The initiative intends to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity, by initiating a worldwide program to promote international awareness and the development of (better accessible) programs for preconception care for all women of childbearing ages and their partners, particularly in middle and low-income countries.
The unique nature of Preparing of Life is the cooperation between a diversity of committed groups: scientific, medical and public health professionals, patient organizations, governments and service organizations, such as the Rotary.