Midwives, like Fatimata, can be a profound and powerful voice for change in their countries. If their services were available and accessible to all women and babies who need them, midwives could help avert two-thirds of the nearly 300,000 maternal deaths and half of the 3 million newborn deaths that occur each year.
There is so much for us to gain in this world if people could see beyond this distorted concept of "honor." True honor lies in caring for those we love, in seeing them as human beings, and cherishing their lives - regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.
The level of collaboration and incorporation of local voices in global health as it stands today is far too low. The unfulfilled promise of the past few decades of global health research must be recognized and corrected for with a willingness to explore new models.
When a teenage girl gets pregnant, it is often the fault of an adult male. You would not know it from reading most of the government reports and scientific publications, but teen impregnation involves men, too -- not just teenage girls and not even just teens.
Do women and girls feel safer? Are perpetrators of sexual violence held accountable? Or is justice languishing in courtrooms and police stations while women continue to fear for their safety every time they step out of their homes?
From climate change to civil liberties, the world is at a critical point right now with many issues. Global nutrition is no different, and, as such, deserves adequate attention as its reach is vast and implications deep.
The economic state and legacy of military rule in Burma created conditions so oppressive that some Burmese would families leave their infants on the Thai border with the sole hope that they would be saved by a Thai mother.
Heartiest congratulations on your recent election and historic win; a phenomenon that reaffirmed our democratic beliefs! Obviously, several things in India need to change; and if there is one person who has the courage, dedication and vision to put our country on the path to greatness, my hope is that that person is you.
Although tragic, the schoolgirl kidnapping by Boko Haram is also compelling because it allows the world to see the fear of educated women.
Drums always make me think of Africa and the ways we celebrate. In fact, we will go out of our way to find a reason to celebrate. Drumbeats accompany marriages, births, graduations, protests, celebrations . . . pretty much any major milestone. The birth of a child is celebrated with drums that have a particularly special meaning. After all, when an unborn child is developing, the first sound it hears is mother's rhythmic heartbeat.
So what is behind this painstakingly slow progress on maternal health in Kenya, especially in light of the enlightened approach to many development issues, including infant mortality?
If we fail to start making more meaningful investment in this kind of capacity development now, we may well find ourselves still struggling with inadequate health systems and limited human resource capacity not only come 2020, but 20 years down the road and beyond.
New data released at the 30th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives showed how investing in high-quality midwifery could prevent about two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths -- saving millions of lives each year.
In today's world, boardrooms lack women, medicine is male-centered and girls are prevented from getting an education. Swimming against historical perspectives, experts in fields such as business, education and psychology create new collaborations for change.
In fact, it is not enough for young American women to embrace their own GIRL POWER; they feel that girls everywhere deserve the right to make healthy decisions about their bodies and minds.
We must not ignore the crucial responsibility we each have as individual midwives in keeping childbirth normal, thereby doing our best to prevent those complications that contribute to mortality and morbidity even occurring.
he State of the World's Midwifery 2014 report will offer a blueprint for maximizing the contributions that midwives can make to health systems worldwide. We have seen the life-saving effect that midwives can have. It is time to put these competent health care professionals within everyone's reach.
More than 120 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 -- the majority of whom are young women -- lack basic reading and writing skills.
What happened under the cover of dark has thrust these schoolgirls into the international spotlight. Now that the world's attention has been mobilized, we must not let it fade.
An estimated 2.6 million babies are stillborn and almost 300,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The reality is that it doesn't have to be that way.