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Global Maternal Health

Maternal Mental Health Matters

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Hawkins

I've often found myself reflecting on the first year of being a mother. Wondering if I feel robbed of what is supposed to be an amazing time in my life, whereas actually it was the most horrendous at times.

The Mosquito and Malaria: Small Insect, Big Bite

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

A future without malaria belongs to those who can dream about it, but more important, to those who create the future they want to see.

Nigeria Contained Ebola; Can We Contain Lassa Fever and Zika Virus?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA and I will also facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimize morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.

The Majority of Stillbirths Occur in Africa But How Does A Mother Deal With The Loss?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.23.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Nigeria suffers a rate of almost 43 stillbirths per 1000 births, whereas Iceland has a rate of only 1.3 per 1000 births. How can Nigeria simultaneously reduce its stillbirth rate and ensure that the 43 mothers per 1000 births are supported?

How to Save 110 Nigerian Mothers Every Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Today, we mourn the loss of Omowumi Shonuga and the 110 Nigerian mothers who have died in a single day. Tomorrow, we begin action.

One Man's Vision to End the Wait for Women in Kenya

Kate Grant | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Kate Grant

While working in rural West Pokot County, Kenya, as a newly-trained medical doctor many years ago, Dr. Mabeya noticed a significant number of women presenting at his facility with obstetric fistula, an injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labor.

The Cost of Delivery, The Price of Survival

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Governments all over the world insure their buildings or assets from potential risk. Yet, why do so many governments refuse to similarly insure their citizens from the risks posed by a lack of preparedness in a country's health infrastructure and in the delivery of essential health services?

A Year in Service of Midwives -- A Lifetime Honour

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The profession faces a number of issues including a severe shortage of staff, poor working conditions, poor remuneration, limited support and supervision. However, I know that we can overcome them, together, in the years to come.

Maternal Death Rates Are Decreasing Everywhere But The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

The United Nations reported last year that it would not meet its goal to decrease the number of women who die in childbirth by 75 percent by 2015, a M...

Midwives For a Better Tomorrow, For Every Woman and Every Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Celebrated on May 5th each year, the International Day of the Midwife recognises the invaluable role of midwives in health. As the Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), I would like to personally thank midwives for their inspiring work in delivering quality care to women and newborns.

Bringing Health Care To The Doorsteps Of African Communities

Cindil Redick | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Cindil Redick

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 800 women die every day from preventable causes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Over 50 percent of these deaths occur in countries in sub-Saharan Africa, like Ghana.

A Safe Birth for Imelda

Casey Santiago | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Casey Santiago

In just two short weeks, Imelda will give birth to a brand new baby. Like most expectant mothers, it's a time filled with excitement and nervous anticipation as she prepares to welcome her second child into the world.

Kenya Is Poised to End Maternal Deaths, Led by the First Lady

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

There is great momentum in Kenya to end the terrible tragedy of women, infants and children dying needlessly. The First Lady of Kenya has kicked the ball towards ending maternal deaths and now the Governors must ensure that it is pushed through the goal posts.

The HeartString: Counting Where it Matters for Maternal Health

Barry Segal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Imagine it is pouring rain. You are deep in a village, it is nighttime with no electricity, no phone, and you are miles from a road. These are often the circumstances when Ato Rose, a traditional midwife in Northern Uganda, attends a birth.

Time to Deliver Better Care to the World's Mothers

Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD

In just a few months, the new year will usher in the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a series of eight goals created by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 intended to aid international growth and improvement.

All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In the United States, eight out of every 1,000 children born die before age 5 every year. In Mali, that number is 16 times higher, according to UNICEF. Globally, 6.6 million children -- almost New York City's entire population -- die before they turn 5.

Mothers Helping Mothers

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

On Mother's Day, these women are celebrating mothers around the world who understand the challenges their fellow mothers face and work tirelessly on their behalf to ensure they stay alive, healthy and able to care for their children.

Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.

Women Who Inspire: Maternal Health In Karamoja

Diane Fender | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In rural villages, urban centers, hospitals and communities around the world women, and girls are leaders, visionaries and investors on the front lines of change. Though their stories are often untold, throughout history women and girls have shaped the fabric of societies.

Resource Mothers: Women Healing Women

Nancy Jallo | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
Nancy Jallo

Inequality in healthcare delivery for mothers and their children is an issue that continues to plague developing regions leading to the deaths of more than 1,000 women every day.

25 Leading Tweeters on Maternal Health

Jennifer James | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

Whenever I look for up-to-date maternal health information I turn to these 25 tweeters. For me, these are the leading maternal health Twitter accounts on the Net. I also want to hear what you think.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

Time for New Revolutions in Global Health Care

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.

Why Older Women Are So Vital To A Country's Economic Success

Michael Hodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Politicians and marketers take note: by mid-century, nearly 20 percent of the world's population will be women aged 50 and over, numbering nearly two-billion in total. Indeed, as the global population ages, the female demographic surges ahead.