While pregnancy and childbirth is a thing of joy and happiness in most developed world, many women in Africa and across Asia still die of preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications. TAAF is providing awareness and advocacy for women and girls in rural communities on maternal and reproductive health rights. When women and girls have education and opportunity, they are able to make right maternal and reproductive health choices.
Two regions, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, account for 88 percent of maternal deaths worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africans suffer from the highest maternal mortality ratio – 546 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, or 201,000 maternal deaths a year. This is two thirds (66 per cent) of all maternal deaths per year worldwide. South Asia follows, with a maternal mortality ratio of 182, or 66,000 maternal deaths a year, accounting for 22 per cent of the global total-(WHO).