Across sub-Saharan Africa, more than 550 women die each day from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 2,800 newborns lose their lives.

We know how to save maternal and newborn lives. Most of these deaths could be prevented by access to skilled care at birth, emergency obstetric and newborn care, and family planning. Yet broken health systems are denying women and adolescent girls their right to a healthy, fulfilling and productive life.

Political will, decisions guided by evidence and adequate financial resources are vital. That’s why Evidence for Action-MamaYe uses strong evidence to advocate for changes that strengthen health systems. We do this by collaborating with governments, service providers, communities and the media so that women and adolescent girls can exercise their sexual and reproductive rights; lead independent, healthy lives; and newborns can thrive.

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