Working
hand in hand

for maternal
health equality
in Europe
We want to ensure that policies across Europe guarantee equal access to high quality maternal healthcare for all women, regardless of nationality, background or socio-economic status.

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About
the Alliance
for Maternal Health
Equality

Maternal mortality is often seen as a problem for the developing world alone. However, in a Europe of ageing populations that struggles to build resilient and effective health systems, too many women still die during pregnancy and childbirth.

In an EU of free movement and differing health systems, the gaps in access to care, medicines and health literacy are straining even further the already existing connection between maternal mortality and health inequities.

With this in mind, the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality brings together a core group of partnering EU, national and international level public, private and civil society organisations as well as policy makers and healthcare professionals, in order to raise the issue of maternal health and permanently place it on the map of Europe.

The Alliance for Maternal Health Equality believes all mothers must have access to high quality maternal healthcare before, during and after pregnancy. However, many women (particularly marginalised cases of migrant and minority mothers) are often the first to face the reality of limited access to proper treatment, information and resources. In light of this, our priorities are threefold:

access

Ensuring access to high quality maternal healthcare for all and tackling both health policy as well as any other policies this issue touches upon.

empower

Facilitating a more favourable social environment that empowers women to make an informed decision on motherhood.

reality

Focusing on real life evidence and clear statistics on maternal health.
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Latest progress
Female MEPs bringing babies to work

Female members of the European Parliament are making their mark by bringing their children with them to work. MEPs are not currently entitled to parental leave, and while they are able to take six months maternity or paternity leave, they cannot be replaced by another politician and are obliged to vote in person. The latest is the Swedish MEP Jytte…

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Systematic thinking on maternal healthcare in Malta

At the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality, we believe that when it comes to maternal health, if we continue to have a fragmented approach, we will continue to get fragmented results. The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to deliver equity of access to quality maternal health at all levels, and a systematic approach to maternal health will be required…

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WHO decides for maternal health? She Decides

The reinstatement of the “Global Gag Rule” in U.S. and the resulting gap in funding for global NGOs proving maternal healthcare was a huge blow to all of those working to achieve full reproductive and maternal rights for women. The shortfall of funding is not insignificant, and is estimated to be around $600m. Earlier this month, the “She Decides” conference…

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