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Maternal and Child Health

Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County, Kenya For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry's fifth ...

Reaching the Unreached: How an Emphasis on Equity Can Help End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 06.21.2016 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

General Hospital Akampa in Cross River State, Nigeria, offers a variety of services to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Like all public facilities in Nigeria, women can give birth there for free, and the facility typically carries out 20 deliveries each week.

Ending Poverty Means Closing the Gaps Between Women and Men

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.31.2016 | Home
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Gender gaps in employment, business, and access to finance hold back not just individuals but whole economies--at a time when we sorely need to boost growth and create new jobs globally.

Advocates for Kids Are a Powerful Force

Mark Shriver | Posted 04.10.2016 | Impact
Mark Shriver

Save the Children was founded nearly a century ago on a simple belief--that every child has the right to a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Countdown To 2015: A Future Of Hope For Afghanistan

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

A milestone in tracking and accountability of women's and children's health, the Countdown to 2015 initiative celebrates its successes and launches its final report this October at the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City.

Protecting the World's Children From Climate Change

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

At WHO we estimate that the vast majority of deaths will be among malnourished children, children who contract malaria, and children who have diarrhea. Air pollution triggers pneumonia (one of the world's top killers of children under 5) and asthma, which already affects around 300 million people worldwide. So what can we do?

World Leaders Must Continue to Act to End Preventable Deaths

Mark Shriver | Posted 06.11.2016 | Impact
Mark Shriver

The G7 summit was a key moment for leaders to take decisive action to end millions of preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030. We can reach this ambitious goal, but only if leaders make bold political and financial commitments to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths for good.

Increase MCPAP Funding to 3.6 Million to Ensure Care for Mothers

MotherWoman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact

I write on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing over 1,800 pediatricians practicing across the Commonwealth.

Giving Young Women a Fair -- and Healthy -- Chance

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Mark Dybul

In the end, it is education and health that will determine if an adolescent girl becomes a woman with equal opportunity. And now we have data to help us to shift to a holistic approach to bring the two together in development programs.

500 Days Until the MDG Deadline: Accelerating Progress for Women and Children

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

This progress is remarkable and worth celebrating. Yet it is only a taste of what we can accomplish, and with less than 500 days until the deadline, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Delivering Joy: Midwives Are The Key To A Future With Healthy Mothers And Babies

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

I had no choice but to become an advocate for maternal health. Four years ago, if it were not for the skilled professionals by my side when I developed an amniotic fluid embolism, I would have died.

An AIDS-Free Generation

Rhonda I. Zygocki | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Rhonda I. Zygocki

Join us in realizing an AIDS-free generation -- a world where women are unburdened by HIV/AIDS and the threat of passing it on to their children. Together we can ensure that women like Unoma get the education and support they need.

Keeping Promises to Women and Children: PMNCH 2013 Report on Global Strategy Commitments

Carole Presern | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

A new report gives us hope. More organizations, governments and the private sector are making commitments to improve women's and children's health every year, and those commitments are being followed up with real action.

In Healthy Pregnancies, Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

Right now, many dads and moms eagerly are awaiting the birth of their babies. Parents worry about enough things during pregnancy -- avoidable risks shouldn't be among them.

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...

HIV Messenger Baby

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

Health reform may be a political football for politicians, but for those whose start in life will be rough enough, it is not a game, and the next baby may not be so lucky.

The United States and Africa: Hopes for the President's Second Term

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

The United States has played a meaningful role in Africa's progress. As President Barack Obama's second term begins, AAVA urges him to ensure that our nation's policies toward Africa make justice and equal partnership key principles of engagement.

Improving Global Maternal Health

Linda Murray | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Linda Murray

Midwives from developing Asia want their moms-to-be to see a healthcare provider long before labor starts. And one midwife in India suggested women use birth control to plan their families and space their children. "Your husband doesn't have to know," she counseled.

U.S. Leadership at Home Is Saving Lives Around the World

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Seth Berkley, M.D.

For the first time in history, these new vaccines are also reaching people in the developing world soon after they're available in wealthier countries, eliminating what used to be a delay of 15 years or more.

Global Motherhood: Saving Children's Lives -- What's New And What You Can Do

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Every year, more than 3 million babies die before they turn one month old. That number is dropping, but not nearly as fast as more successful efforts to end deaths to older children and mothers. That's because global health efforts haven't quite caught up with what we now know works to save newborn babies.

Giving Mothers a Very Special Gift

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother's Day? There are many answers, but one is a healthy life for her and her child. This Mother's Day, let's sharpen our resolve to ensure mothers everywhere have children who are born HIV-free.

Support Maternal and Child Health -- Donate Your Old Cell Phone!

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

When was the last time your cell phone saved your life? In the world's poorest countries, this happens every day.

Calling All Mothers, Calling All Babies: Introducing HuffPost Global Motherhood

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted to announce the launch of Global Motherhood, a new section within HuffPost Impact dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and babies around the world, and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

AIDS Activism: Confusing Accountability With Personal Attacks

Anand Reddi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anand Reddi

By not providing "new" money towards maternal and child health, President Obama had in de facto pitted HIV/AIDS against other global health objectives.

Supporting Family Planning Is the Moral Response

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Millions of people of faith ground their commitment to sexual and reproductive health care in their religious beliefs that affirm that it is precisely because life is sacred that it should never be created carelessly.