According to the World Health Organisation, in 2015 about 300.000 women died due to complications of pregnancy and child birth, almost all which occurred in developing countries, and the majority of which could have been prevented. Sadly, there is more to maternal health than mortality. Millions of women worldwide are not able to have their need for family planning met, many miss out on medical follow-up during and after their pregnancies, especially those who live in remote areas with limited access to emergency obstetric care facilities. As a result, women may suffer physical or psychological conditions, which affect their wellbeing, including infertility, anaemia or depression and other ailments. This is called maternal morbidity.

Through training, research and policy support, ITM experts specialising in maternal and reproductive health are striving to improve the lives of women worldwide. Our research in the domain includes maternal morbidity, gestational diabetes, female genital mutilation, adolescent pregnancy and many other. Through our postgraduate course on tropical medicine for bachelors, nurses and midwives become equipped to tackle challenging professional experiences in countries where the needs are high, and medical infrastructures limited.