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Pregnancy and childbirth should be occasions to celebrate life—but for millions of women in developing countries, pregnancy and childbirth lead to disability and death.

For each person who takes this three-question quiz, Partners In Health will receive 50 cents from a generous donor—which we'll use to expand access to health care and prevent unnecessary deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the poorest parts of the world.

Help prevent maternal deaths in just three clicks. Take the quiz now.

How many women worldwide die during and following pregnancy and childbirth each day?

Correct. Every day, approximately 800 women die during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Nearly every one of these deaths was entirely preventable, and the mothers' lives could have been saved with proper medical care.

Incorrect. Actually, 800 women die during and following pregnancy each day. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable, and the mothers' lives could have been saved with proper medical care.

2. What percentage of maternal deaths occur in developing countries?

Correct. An astounding 99 percent of women who die during and after childbirth live in developing countries. More than half of maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Incorrect. It’s worse than you think: An astounding 99 percent of women who die during and after childbirth live in developing countries. More than half of maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

What is the No. 1 barrier to saving mothers’ lives?

Correct. In developing countries, only one in three women receive the same prenatal and childbirth care that virtually all women receive in developed countries. That means millions of births worldwide are not assisted by a midwife, doctor, or trained nurse.

Incorrect. Lack of access to skilled medical care is the biggest barrier to preventing maternal deaths. In developing countries, only one in three women receive the same prenatal and childbirth care that virtually all women receive in developed countries. That means millions of births worldwide are not assisted by a midwife, doctor, or trained nurse.

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Once you confirm your participation by entering your email address, 50 cents will be donated to Partners In Health to help save the lives of expectant mothers in the countries where we work.


“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.”

—Dr. Paul Farmer
Chief Strategist & Co-founder