Every two minutes, more than 200 women in the world experience a complication due to pregnancy. One of them dies, adding up to more than 289,000 women who die every year of complications from pregnancy and childbirth .
We prevent pregnancy complications and ensure that women receive emergency care in a timely manner. Our programs accomplish that through distribution of vital products and drugs, provision of maternity care, provision of contraceptive counseling and services to prevent unintended pregnancy, and community education and outreach.
 Maternal mortality factsheet. WHO. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/
In the 2015, we prevented over 9,200 maternal deaths and more than 3.8 million unintended pregnancies.
- Prenatal vitamins: Our maternal and neonatal health programs promote and market a “one-a-day” multivitamin containing iron, folic acid and other essential vitamins needed by women of reproductive age.
- Malaria prevention during pregnancy: Our programs distribute insecticide-treated bed nets to pregnant women and provide community education about malaria prevention in pregnancy in over 20 countries.
- Clean delivery kits: To make delivery safer by preventing infection, we offer clean delivery kits in multiple countries and regions.
- Postpartum hemorrhage prevention & treatment: We promote, distribute and train providers in the safe use of misoprostol, a drug effective in reducing postpartum bleeding.
- Safe birth checklist: In collaboration with WHO, we are piloting the use of the “Safe Birth Checklist” to support the delivery of essential maternal and perinatal care practices to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. The Safe Childbirth Checklist originated from the success of the safe surgery checklist program, developed by Dr. Atul Gawande in India, and now used all over the world.
- Maternity care vouchers: Our programs protect maternal health by educating women, families and communities to have a plan in place for a safe delivery.
- Community education & birth preparedness: Our community education programs focus on educating women, families and communities about how to prepare for childbirth and have a plan in place for a safe delivery.
- Postpartum IUD insertion: We supply high-quality, low-cost intra-uterine devices (IUDs) and train providers to insert them right after delivery, so that the family planning needs of women and couples are met. The postpartum IUDs (PPIUDs) are offered among a full range of contraceptive choices.
- Insights and Lessons from the Pan American Social Marketing Organization’s (PASMO) Gestational Diabetes Project
Diabetes in pregnancy is a neglected maternal health issue throughout Central America. PASMO is working with private sector health providers across multiple hospitals and satellite clinics in Managua, Nicaragua to offer prenatal clients access to testing, diagnosis and management for hyperglycaemia in pregnancy as part of a broader package of maternal health services.
- “Mamá Segura” Delivery Kits Summary
Socios públicos y privados reciben donación de kits “Mamá Segura” para prevenir la transmisión del virus del Zika en mujeres embarazadas Centroamericanas.
Public and private partners have donated "Mamá Segura" kits to prevent transmission of the Zika virus in pregnant women in Central America.
- Barrier and Triggers to Early Detection of Pregnancy Among Women of Reproductive Age (20-34 Years) in Three States of North India
In India, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971 permits medical abortion up to seven weeks (49 days) from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP). Therefore, timely detection of pregnancy is essential for ensuring that a woman has enough time to make decisions regarding the pregnancy, such as registering for antenatal care or terminating the pregnancy through medical or surgical abortion. The Women’s Health Project (Pehel), aims to prevent unintended pregnancies by increasing women’s access to both voluntary contraceptive services and safe and legal termination of pregnancy through medical abortion. PSI/India designed an intervention to educate women about early detection of pregnancy (EDP). As part of that intervention, a qualitative study was conducted to understand women’s perspectives about EDP.
- Learning Before Leaping: Integration of an Adaptive Study Design Process Prior to Initiation of BetterBirth
This paper describes how an initial trial of BetterBirth, an intervention using the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, was modified and implemented in additional facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India, in order to collect stronger evidence of the program's impact on essential birth practices and maternal and neonatal health.
- Leveraging the Power of Markets for Family Planning Services: A Look at PSI/Malawi’s Approach to Social Franchising
In 2011, PSI/Malawi developed and implemented a new reproductive health and strategic plan that focuses on youth as well as long acting reversible contraception (LARCs). Analysis of the total market and growth of the private sector led PSI/Malawi to identify private sector franchising as a way to add significant value to the overall health system. This brief outlines PSI/Malawi’s approach to social franchising and its success.
- Enabling the Healthy Spacing and Limiting of Pregnancies: Programmatic Approaches to Expand Postpartum IUD Access
Under the Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) project funded by USAID, PSI published a technical brief on 'Enabling the Healthy Spacing and Limiting of Pregnancies: Programmatic Approaches to Expand Postpartum IUD Access'. The brief introduces the need for expanded postpartum family planning options, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of the PPIUD, describes the components of successful initiatives to add PPIUD to the range of options for postpartum women, and illustrates three different models for PPIUD service delivery through case studies from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Zambia and Pakistan.
- Birth Spacing Ad from Pakistan
Birth spacing ad for Pakistan
- Maternal Anemia
This brief offers background information on maternal anemia, what it means for newborns, what's new in the discussion and where PSI stands on the topic.
- A New Tool for Newborn Health: Chlorhexidine
Four percent Chlorhexidine is destined to be the next "major event" in public health. A topical antiseptic that is widely used in hospitals around the world, it reduces neonatal mortality by 23 percent. This compelling evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of the product.
- Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage in Rural Zambia
Overview of our program in rural Zambia, where we are distributing misoprostol and educating health facility staff and influential community members to promote the correct use of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage prevention.