Sexual & Reproductive Health

The reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality is one of the key goals of the millennium declaration.  More than 536,000 women die each year as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth.  This toll is almost entirely avoidable; we know how to prevent these deaths.  Each year nearly four million newborn babies die and 3.3 million are still born; almost 90% of these deaths occur in Africa and Asia.  The outcome for these babies is directly linked to the care received by women during and after pregnancy and childbirth.  When women are able to access health care, it is primarily during the time of pregnancy and childbirth; these contacts must be optimally used to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.  LATH, working together with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as the RCOG International Office is committed to working with countries in tackling the major challenges in delivering effective Sexual and Reproductive Health programmes.