On 29 September 2015, the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality organized a discussion with policy makers and experts at the European Parliament, as part of the first Safe Motherhood Week in Europe.
Some of the best discussions are often held around the dinner table. A combination of a convivial atmosphere and a good guest list can make all the difference. A working dinner on maternal health hosted by the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality in partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF), had exactly those ingredients.
On 24 February, MEP Filiz Hyusmenova tabled a Declaration on universal access to maternal healthcare, with a particular focus on Europe where of the 5 million women who give birth every year, 1 in 10 do not have access to care in the first months of their pregnancy.
MEP Filiz Hyusmenova, champion of the Alliance for Maternal Health Equality and at the forefront of the Declaration on universal access to maternal healthcare, organized and hosted a photographic exhibition at the European Parliament on the lives of minorities in Bulgaria.
The Alliance is not alone in its quest to improve maternal health for current and future mothers. Make Mothers Matter was founded nearly 70 years ago to raise the awareness of policy makers and public opinion of the vital role of mothers for promoting peace and their contribution to social, cultural and economic development.