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The International Day for Maternal Health and Rights was launched by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and partner organisations in 2014. The Day was established in response to the urgent need to focus global attention on maternal health and rights as women continue to suffer from disrespect, abuse, and poor care in many parts of the world.

Approximately 289,000 women die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable. At Soapbox, we work to prevent infection-related deaths, a leading cause of maternal mortality.  The fact that clean, safe care at the time of delivery can be achieved with simple, low-cost interventions such as the use of antiseptics, sterile equipment, and even just hand-washing with soap, makes these deaths even more unacceptable.

Today Soapbox joins others in the call to the United Nations to support universal, comprehensive, respectful, and rights-based maternal health by officially recognizing April 11th as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.

Watch this video by CHANGE to learn more about this Day.