Becoming a mother and caring for young children is risky in developing countries like Malawi and Afghanistan, where maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world.


Mothers and babies in Malawi and Afghanistan have improved access to medical care through the program.

With support from the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada, PWS&D is working to address child and maternal health issues in these two countries.

PWS&D’s maternal health program is improving access to health care and helping women and children survive childbirth more often, by leading healthier and stronger lives, and making informed decisions that will improve their health and well-being.

Building off the successes of our previous government-supported maternal and child health program (2011-2015), PWS&D is scaling up efforts to address sexual and reproductive health issues, as well as improve access to appropriate maternal and child health services in Afghanistan and Malawi.

The program is working to improve the quality and supply of health services by building the skills of health care workers, as well as ensuring that facilities have the necessary tools. In the two countries, PWS&D is also working to increase demand for health services and to empower women and adolescent girls to make decisions for their own and their children’s health.

Enhancing community participation in sexual and reproductive health and changing behaviours that put women and adolescent girls at risk are also critical components of the program.

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