Essential medicines and health products

Priority medicines for mothers and children 2011

Ensuring access to Priority Medicines for mothers and children improves health and saves lives.

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Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 21 March 2011
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/EMP/MAR/2011.1


Improving maternal and child health is a global priority. An estimated 8.1 million children under the age of five die every year and an estimated 1 000 women – most of them in developing countries – die every day due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth.