Challenge 2.1: Women’s and Children’s Health
United Nations SDG’s prominently feature reproductive, neonatal, and children’s health as over 300,000 women worldwide die during pregnancy or at childbirth and 5.6 million children under 5 die annually. In the United States, maternal mortality doubled in the 21st century. These outcomes disproportionately affect people of color, for example, African-American women have three times higher rates than white women (Lu, 2018). Access to family planning is a key factor in women’s equality while also stabilizing population growth globally. This challenge therefore addresses issues related to reproductive, neonatal, maternal, and children’s health worldwide.