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
Measuring maternal healthcare in Europe

Inequity in terms of maternal healthcare is unfortunately a hallmark of health systems within the European context. For many women their specific healthcare needs have not even been acknowledged, let alone addressed, before , during and after their pregnancy. One in ten women has no access to maternal healthcare in the first months of pregnancy; in 2013 alone there were…

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Signature of the Declaration on Universal Access to Maternal Healthcare

174 MEPS representing the large majority of Member States and political groups signed the Declaration, showing beyond a doubt that this is an issue for Europe as a whole, regardless of political affiliation.

Research and Innovation for Maternal Health

On December 8, the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality had the pleasure of attending the Together for the Next Generation – Research and Innovation for Maternal and Newborn Health, organised by the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.

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