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Africa Maternal Health

Secure Africa's Future by Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health for All

Joaquim Chissano | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Joaquim Chissano

No country can afford to forgo opportunities to make sexual and reproductive health and rights a reality in the 21st century. These priorities are keys to unleashing the full energies and talents of our people, especially women and young people.

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

WATCH: Oh-So-Cool 'Zambulance' Is Health Care Crisis Solution In Poor Countries

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact

A California-based nonprofit is helping deliver an effective solution to the ongoing issue of health care accessibility in Zambia. Zambikes Interna...

No Mother Should Have To Die Giving Life

Catherine Ojo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Ojo

Nigeria is a hard place to be a mom. As a midwife there, I should know. Many women who are in need of medical care there don't get it for a variety of reasons. Either they can't afford it, they live too far from a health facility, or their husbands haven't allowed them to go. Some women literally die waiting for this permission.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

My Story -- Part 3: The Greatest Gift

Nozi Samela | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Nozi Samela

In her final blog, Nozi shares her joy by introducing the best gift she could ever receive this holiday season -- a beautiful baby daughter.

My Story -- Part 2: Miracle Meets Tragedy

Nozi Samela | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Nozi Samela

With the information and support she received from m2m Mentor Mothers, Nozi was able to prevent transmission of the HIV virus to her child and give birth to a healthy baby boy.

My Story -- Part 1: Coming to Terms With HIV Diagnosis

Nozi Samela | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Nozi Samela

During this holiday season, mothers2mothers (m2m) -- an NGO that works to eliminate pediatric AIDS and keep HIV-positive mothers alive in sub-Saharan Africa -- shares the story of someone who is very special to them in three video blogs.