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Reproductive, maternal and child health and nutrition

Women discuss reproductive health in Cote d’Ivoire

Over 200 million women and couples worldwide do not use reliable family planning methods, although they would like to do so. Each year, this results in 80 million unwanted pregnancies and 42 million abortions, 20 million of which take place under unsafe conditions. Also, more than 350,000 women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth every year. Of those who survive, many women and children do not have access to affordable and nutritious foods. 

To address these and related challenges, German Development Cooperation supports the following approaches:

  • Universal access to information about sexual and reproductive health and to reliable methods of contraception
  • Rights-based family planning
  • Pre- and postnatal care and assisted deliveries
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of such infections
  • Promoting healthy life styles among young people
  • School health programmes
  • Ongoing training of staff
  • Promoting better food security and nutrition, particularly for women and their children

Selected readings from the Healthy DEvelopments portal: Sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and newborn health


Selected readings from the Healthy DEvelopments portal: Child health


Selected readings from the Healthy DEvelopments portal: Nutrition


Reproductive, maternal and child health and nutrition on other German Development Cooperation websites


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