A mother dressed in pink sitting on the floor holds her newborn baby in her arms

Mothers and newborn children in poor countries

Supporting mothers and newborn children in low- and middle-income countries

Reducing health inequalities from the start of life

Maternal mortality is one of the major markers of inequalities between countries. 
Nearly 300,000 women die in childbirth each year, with almost 90% of these deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 
Despite the sharp decline in the number of child deaths worldwide in recent decades, the reduction in neonatal mortality has been slower. 
Approximately 2.6 million stillbirths occur each year, with an additional 2.5 million newborns dying in the first 28 days of life.

A comprehensive approach and impact measurement

With ten years of experience in maternal and neonatal health, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation wanted to revisit this concern. 
The aim is to follow an approach that places women and their families at the center, combining both local and international expertise in a global approach, with rigorous measurement of the impact produced.

"Maternal health is largely impacted by social determinants and requires a specific, locally coordinated and multisectoral response.”  - Stéphanie Vougier, Program Manager


  •  33 projects supported
  • 4.66 million women in care
  • 11,494 health workers trained 

Our maternal and newborn health projects

Map of the projects

Health caravan in Senegal: achievement report - November 2020 (in French)



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