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Maternal Death

We Must Declare a Non-Violent Revolution

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

Are we so complacent that we feel we do not need to demand gender equality? Many women are convinced there is equality between men and women. But this simply is not true. Here are the facts on the matter.

Simple Solutions Save Women's Lives in Afghanistan

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shannon Galpin

No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss.

The Test of Political Leadership: Valuing Maternal Health

Ernest Bai Koroma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ernest Bai Koroma

We know from our own experience as presidents that progress on women's health and rights does not happen without political leaders who are willing to take risks. We call on all leaders to take such a risk now.

Sierra Leone's Model for Improving Maternal Health and Women's Rights

Mary Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary Robinson

As the world moves toward review of the Millennium Development Goals, other nations should take a closer look at the success of Sierra Leone's maternal health program and commit to apply its lessons around the world.

Bangladesh: Development Star?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

Bangladesh will no doubt be a UN "development star." But it still has a long way to go when it comes to saving women's lives, and showing the rest of the world how to achieve the most critical of the Millenium Development Goals.

Mother's Day: A Countdown to Make Mother's Day Every Day

Theresa Shaver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Theresa Shaver

We know what to do to save women's lives. Countries with dramatic decreases in maternal deaths are those where more girls are educated and more women access high quality health care and services.

Is Having a Baby Bad for Your Health?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Most American women might presume that the dangers of maternal mortality are a concern and problem only in developing nations. They're wrong.

Show Us the Money

Aruna Kashyap | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aruna Kashyap

Wondering what to give your mother for Mother's Day? Flowers? A dinner out? Well, the leaders of the G8, who are meeting in Halifax before Mother's ...

Can A Video Save Lives?

Janet Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janet Walsh

Human Rights Watch's In Silence: Maternal Mortality in India tells the story of Kiran Yadav, a 25-year-old Indian woman who died needlessly while giving birth to her third child.

A Tragedy That Doesn't Have to Happen

Agnes Odhiambo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Agnes Odhiambo

If the G-8 countries embrace as a priority providing access to comprehensive reproductive health services and strengthening health system accountability, they could save the lives of millions of women and children.

Making Every Mother and Child Count: Protecting the Medically Vulnerable

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Dr. Kunchok's project serves as a model that can be replicated in regions all over the world where there are medically under-served populations, especially in areas where there are high rates of maternal and infant deaths.

Finally, Fewer Women Around the World Are Dying from Childbirth. Now to Continue the Trend.

Dr. Ana Langer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Ana Langer

While it is clear that, globally, fewer women are dying of pregnancy-related causes each year, a new study provides country-specific estimates that offer a compelling view into comparative progress.

Maternal Mortality Decrease is not "Mission Accomplished"

Serra Sippel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

While the decrease in the maternal mortality ratio reported yesterday by the Lancet is a victory, it is anything but a "mission accomplished." We are ...

In Absurd Move, Canada Drops Family Planning from Maternal Health Plan

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jodi Jacobson

The Canadian government has decided to exclude support for contraceptive programs, supplies, and information from its initiative to save the lives and improve the health of mothers in poor countries.

A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Christiane Northrup, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christiane Northrup, MD

I have spent the last 30 years educating women about the wisdom of their bodies, including their innate ability to birth normally. Yet our so-called healthcare system...sees the female body and its processes (like labor) as an accident waiting to happen.

When Planning a Pregnancy Can Save a Woman's Life

Dr. Ana Langer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Ana Langer

The number of maternal deaths has remained virtually unchanged for the past two decades. This is unconscionable, and it's why the Group of Eight leaders recently agreed that the world must do more.

In Response to Liya Kebede: Our Responsiblity to Improving Maternal Health

Ray Chambers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Chambers

For HIV, women account for 60 percent of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa and transmission from mothers to newborns is a significant, yet solvable problem.

Afghan Midwives Step Up To Fight One Of World's Worst Maternal Mortality Rates

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The war in Afghanistan may no longer be forgotten but the true victims always are. Women and children in the landlocked Asian country have continuous...

We Need a Global Fund for Moms

Liya Kebede | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Liya Kebede

Each mother who dies leaves behind a devastated family and weakened community that will eventually, somehow, affect each of us.

No Woman Should Die Giving Life

UNFPA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This Mother's Day will be no different than any other day -- every minute a woman will die in pregnancy or childbirth. Nearly all of these women will ...

How Big Is Your Universe?

Aruna Kashyap | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aruna Kashyap

Decades of research have shown that reporting is a critical first step in determining what policies and measures are needed to lower the risk of death in pregnancy and childbirth.

Keep the Mothers in Mother's Day

CARE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With a firm commitment and action from world leaders, the crisis of maternal mortality can go the way of polio -- phased out village by village until it's all but unheard of anywhere in the world.