Maternal and child health
The day your child is born should be one of the happiest of your life. But for many mothers this just isn’t the case. 50 million women give birth every year without professional health support. So sadly, in developing countries the day a mother gives birth is too often the day she dies.
If women had access to basic maternity healthcare 80% of maternal deaths could be prevented. For the thousands of babies who grow up without their mothers’ love and care that could mean the difference between their own life and death.
The solutions are simple and low-cost. It costs approximately £90 to train a health worker, who can then go on to save mother after mother with simple, effective care. They can help treat and recognise things like diarrhoea in children, which, sadly, still kill many under five-year olds.
8.8 million children die every year before their fifth birthday, many because they can’t get the basic healthcare they need. Children need their mothers – this much is obvious. What isn’t so obvious is that it’s the simple solutions, such as training local health workers, that make can make a big difference.
The Robin Hood Tax could raise billions every year to make sure mothers and children get the basic healthcare they need.