ACTIVE BETWEEN: 2010 - terminated

Midwives for Life

Improving Maternal and Neonatal health in developing countries, by supporting projects that aim to deliver better access to care for every mother and newborn child.
Academia or research institute 1
Global NGOs 5
Professional and Trade Associations 2
Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals 1
  • Improving Maternal and Neonatal health in developing countries.

What are the health needs and challenges?

Midwives are lacking in many countries, particularly in Africa and Asia, where there are only 42% of the world’s 300,000 skilled birth attendants to deliver 78% of global births. It is estimated that there is a need for twice the number as each year 5.5 million women and newborns die in developping countries. Most of these deaths would be preventable if these often poor and isolated women had access to services close to their homes, provided by better-trained and better equipped midwives.

Partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

To improve Maternal and Neonatal health in developing countries, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has chosen to support projects that aim to deliver better access to care for every mother and newborn child, through the Midwives For Life initiative. These projects are geared to increasing the number and skills of midwives by improving their training, promoting the vital role they play in everyday life, and helping them work in areas where needs are greatest, particularly rural areas. The programs boost networking between midwives and other health and community workers at town or regional level, and ensure that these partners all share resources and expertise to deliver the best possible aid for mothers and their babies.

Each program is based on a strong community spirit to boost education and prevention among families.

I'm 27 and I came here for the postnatal monitoring of my fifth child. The natural birth went well. Thanks to the obstetrical care scheme, I had my four prenatal visits, pregnancy tests, and an ultrasound, and the maternity staff gave me medicines for free
A patient at the Sebkha maternity center (Mauritania)
Results and milestones

Since 2010:

  • 17 projects supported
  • 1.03 million pregnant women cared for
  • 7,630 health workers trained including 3,600 midwives

Measurement of progress towards objectives:

  • Estimated amount of people impacted: almost 3.77 million women
Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
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Disease Area
  • Women’s and Child Health
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Target Population
  • Children
  • Women
Partner organizations
Academia or research institute

CASA Professional Midwifery School

Global NGOs

Amref Health Africa

Planète Enfants et Développement

Premire Urgence Aide Mdicale Internationale (PU-AMI)

Santé Sud

Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA)

Professional and Trade Associations

International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)


Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals

World Health Organization (WHO)