MamaYe is about ensuring Africa’s mothers and babies survive pregnancy and childbirth. If women and girls have access to the healthcare they need, as well as the right to choose if and when they become mothers, thousands of lives could be saved every day.

Our mission

Every day in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 550 women lose their lives because of pregnancy related causes and 2,800 newborns die. Most of these deaths could be prevented.

Working together, we can replace assumptions with answers, turn apathy into action and ensure that maternal and newborn survival is a political priority.

The power of evidence

We want to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and babies in sub-Saharan Africa by ensuring the right information reaches the right people at the right time. This means:

  • Decision makers can use evidence to inform how they allocate and use resources for better health care.
  • That health budgets and the budgeting process are demystified, empowering citizens to influence how resources are allocated for health.
  • Citizens can hold those in power to account for the health resources and the quality of health services. If a woman dies in child birth, health providers, decision makers and communities learn from that death and can take action so that other women and their newborns survive.
Working together, we can make sure maternal and newborn survival is a political priority
  • Map of Sub-Saharan Africa 1
    500 women die every day in sub-Saharan Africa

Evidence for action

E4A contributes to saving the lives of mothers and babies through a strategic combination of evidence, action and accountability.

Meet the Mamaye Team

MamaYe team Nigeria


MamaYe is the public face of Evidence for Action (E4A), a programme led by African experts in Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia to improve the chances of maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa. It is made possible with management support from Options and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.