Since 1990, maternal deaths worldwide have dropped by 45 percent, but every day about 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in low-income settings as a result of conditions that include severe bleeding, infection, high blood pressure, and complications during delivery.

Maternal health is closely linked to newborn survival. While great strides have been made in reducing global child mortality, newborns now account for 44 percent of all childhood deaths. Each year, 2.9 million newborns needlessly die within their first month and an additional 2.6 million are stillborn. The main causes, which are preventable and treatable, are complications due to prematurity, complications during delivery, and infection.

Ensuring a healthy population starts with ensuring women of childbearing age and children are taken care of.


South African Civil Society Organization for Women's, Adolescent's and Children's Health (SACSoWACH)

SACSOWACH is a coalition of 22 organizations working together to advocate for newborn, child, adolescent, women’s

and maternal health .

The main purpose of the South African Civil Society for Women's Adolescent's and Children's Health - SACSoWACH Coalition - is advocacy for the health of newborns, children, adolescents, women and mothers. In this respect to increase public and relevant sector’s awareness, raise the profile and political attention, influence relevant policies, legal, political and social changes and hold government, health providers and others to account for the commitments made to women, adolescents and children.




Focus Areas:

1. Promote, protect and support breastfeeding

2. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights

3. Early Childhood Development

Gateway to Early Childhood Development

GHI is working towards accreditation with ETDP SETA  as Primary ETQA

We will focus on Special Needs ECD for children with HIV and those with learning disabilities.

Amoxicillin  R&D

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation GHI as a winner of Grand Challenges Explorations is researching an oil based delivery method for the antibiotic Amoxicillin. Amoxicillin is the WHO preferred antibiotic for the treatment of Childhood Pneumonia. 

922 000 Children under 5 died from Pneumonia in 2015, most of them under two years old. Our project, when completed, will put us in a position to save most of them.

 Local Organising Committee of the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference

GHI is a the Civil Society representative on the LOC and also a member of the Program Coordinating Committee. The 2nd WBC will take place in Johannesburg from 11 to 14 December 2016.