Sexual and reproductive health

Priority life-saving medicines for women and children 2012

Improving health and saving lives by ensuring access to priority medicines

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: May 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/EMP/MAR/2012.1


Improving maternal and child health is a global priority. An estimated 7.6 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. Many of these deaths could be prevented with access to simple and affordable medicines. The priority medicines list for women and children helps countries select and make available the most important medicines.