Heart for Maternal Health

About MNCH


What is MNCH?

MNCH (which stands for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) is one of the most common acronyms used in discussions on global health. In Canada, we have access to health care and nutrition that ensure that MNCH deficiencies are the exception rather than the norm. In other parts of the world however, MNCH is of major concern as maternal and child mortality rates are unacceptably high.


Quick Facts

  • In 2015, 303,000 women died of causes related to pregnancy or childbirth, and there were 5.9 million deaths of children under age five
  • 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries
  • The highest maternal, neonatal and children under five mortality rates are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia
  • In 2015, the maternal mortality ratio in developing countries was 235 per 100,000 live births, while the ratio was 12 per 100,000 live births in developed nations
  • In 2015, the under-five mortality rate in low-income countries was 76 deaths per 1000 live births


Canada's Role

Over the years, Canada has:

  • spearheaded a number of MNCH initiatives
  • contributed more than $3 billion (with a further pledge of an additional $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2020) to MNCH
  • been recognized around the world as a global leader for improving MNCH


The EMBRACE Project

Visit here to learn more about this MNCH focused project being led by ADRA Canada

women die everyday from pregnancy and childbirth causes
million people do not have access to essential health services
children under age five die everyday from largely preventable causes