Investing in Mothers

Posted: 18 April 2002

'When mothers survive and thrive, children survive and thrive' is the message from the State of the World's Mother's Report 2001. Of all the factors studied, investment in safe motherhood programmes and education for girls and women are the most essential for better motherhood.

However, the report found that gender-based violence and the rising tide of HIV/AIDS continue to undermine efforts to improve the lives of women and girls. These threats are not only health-threatening, but life-threatening, according to the report.

The report provides new information on the well-being of mothers and children in 94 countries (17 developed and 77 developing countries). The key findings call for specific programmes and changes which could make a critical difference in the lives of girls and women for today and tomorrow. These include:

  • Ensuring that mothers have access to the four key components of the safe motherhood programme: prenatal health care, skill heatlh assistance at birth, emergency obstetric care and modern contraception.

  • Expand educational opportunities for girls and women; and

  • Develop policies and programmes to protect women and girls from HIV/AIDS and from all forms of gender-based violence.

Save the Children have a launched public awareness campaign called Every Mother/Every Child. A key component of this effort is a citizen pledge and letter-writing campaign urging legislators to increase funds for greater educational opportunities for women and girls; maternal and child health care, including family planning; and microcredit programmes so that women can provide for their children and families.

Related link:

State of the World's Mother's 2001 report