WWHI's mission is to save and improve the lives of mothers and their infants, particularly in rural populations.
According to the World Health Organization, 99% of maternal deaths each year occur in developing countries. Women in rural areas are more vulnerable than those in cities or towns as they generally lack access to sufficient healthcare services. Senegal, for example, has a maternal mortality rate 300 times greater than the United States.
Women in rural villages need access to local healthcare workers who are trained in emergency obstetrical procedures. WWHI is making this happen.