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Combating Infant Mortality: The Impact of Maternal Education on Perinatal Outcomes

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rep. Gwen Moore

The women who need the most guidance and support are often those who have faced the toughest obstacles. To reduce the infant mortality rate and play a part in making our communities stronger and healthier, we must reach out to these women and help them access the healthcare and education they need because it truly takes a village to successfully raise a child.

We're Making Real Health Progress That's Saving Kids' Lives. Here's Proof In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

The world has made significant progress in ensuring more kids live to see adulthood -- just check out the blue bars. Child mortality has gone down ...

Melinda Gates: Contraception Debates In The U.S. Hurt Women Internationally

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.22.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Earlier this month, the GOP-dominated Congress started its new legislative session by introducing five anti-abortion bills. Meanwhile, states like Tex...

Global Issues Are Connected to Local Issues

K. Sujata | Posted 07.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Both internationally and domestically, maternal health is at the center of concern, especially as we near the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals that focus on preventable child and maternal deaths.

Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Advancing the maternal and child health agenda in Kenya requires collective action from the international development community, donors and local organizations and communities.

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...

The Real Reason Women Outlive Men?

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.02.2013 | Women

There are many great things about being born female, but one distinct advantage of being a woman is that we can expect to live an average of five year...

2012 Was a Year for Women and Girls: Will We See the Same Momentum in 2013?

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
Purnima Mane

In March of this year, on International Women's Day, I asked, "Is 2012 the Year for Women and Girls?" Now, as we enter 2013, I find myself looking back on my call for stronger partnerships, more global coalitions and wondering, Are those enough?

WATCH LIVE: Saving Lives That Give Life

Dr. Ana Langer | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Dr. Ana Langer

In fact, every 90 seconds a young woman dies unnecessarily when she is giving life. More than 90 percent of these deaths could be avoided, if all women had timely access to good quality care.

More Mothers Dying To Have A Child

Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

The United States spends $98 billion annually on hospitalization for pregnancy and childbirth, but the US maternal mortality rate has doubled in the p...

Finding Common Ground to Save the Lives of Women and Child and Create Happy, Healthy Families

Ambassador Mark R. Dybul | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul

Providing women and their families with access to an array of effective, evidence-based programs allows them to select the approach that meets their needs and belief systems, is the best strategy to ensure the most lives are saved and families are lifted up.

Uganda Activists Take Maternal Mortality To Court

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 06.13.2012 | World

KAMPALA, Uganda -- More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda, a heartbreaking statistic that has energized activists to go to the ...

Maternal Mortality Declines, But Every Mother Still Counts

Erin Thornton | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Erin Thornton

New data reveals that the number of women dying due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth continues to decrease, but there remains a huge inequity in maternal health that leaves the poorest countries most burdened.

Maternal Mortality Rising in the US? What About Mother's Day?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world -- mothers everywhere are honored for their central role in maintaining happy families and healthy societies. But in poor countries, Mother's Day is too often a sad time.

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Maternal Mortality In Mexico

Arlene Samen | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Arlene Samen

Victoria Castro may only be 15 years-old, but this has not stopped her from already having saved several lives.

Every Mother Is a Mother (Chak Manman Se Yon Manman)

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 03.21.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Haiti's rates are on par with some of the world's highest burdened countries and ranks it as one of the most risky places in the western hemisphere for poor women to give birth.

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.

Sarah Brown Talks Fearlessness And What Matters Most At WIE 2011

Posted 05.03.2012 | Women

Philanthropist Sarah Brown, a co-host of this year's WIE Symposium, has devoted much of her adult life to helping other women. She is Patron of The W...

In Solidarity To End Maternal Mortality Around The World

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Whereas in the U.S. motherhood is for most women a joyous celebration, in many developing countries it is often said that to be pregnant is to put one foot in the grave.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...