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Maternal Mortality

Maternal Deaths Drop Sharply, But Only 9 Nations Meet UN Goal

Reuters | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents

BANGKOK, Nov. 12  -- Only nine countries have achieved a UN development goal of reducing the number of women dying before, during or after givin...

Preterm Birth: Advancing Toward Prevention and Better Outcomes

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Catherine Y. Spong

When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, I had the usual worries compounded by my knowledge as an obstetrician and high-risk pregnancy specialist. I knew first-hand the impact of prematurity and other complications. Like other moms-to-be, I hoped to deliver a healthy baby. As a research physician, I was eager for evidence-based knowledge to make this a reality.

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.

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

What Do We Need to Turn the Sustainable Development Goals' Idealism Into Reality?

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

The good news is that countries can reverse historic trends. Indeed some governments are already exceeding expectations on key health goals. The bad news is that the Sustainable Development Goal target, of 70 deaths per 100,000 is less than half that.

More Midwives Needed to Reduce Maternal Deaths

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

With the Sustainable Development Goals enshrined by world leaders and the United Nations Secretary-General's updated Global Strategy for Every Woman, Every Child launched last month, we can make maternal deaths a thing of the past.

Transforming Mandera County's Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

Women Are Still Dying: Why MDG 5 Still Matters

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Today Nepal is proud to be one of the few countries to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 -- one of a series of 15-year global development targets that the United Nations laid out in 2,000 which come due this month.

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?

Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

The co-authors, Dr Nicholas Muraguri and Siddharth Chatterjee along with Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas the UNRC, present a communiqué signed by Kenya's...

A Plan to End All Preventable Deaths by 2030

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

A major lesson from the MDGs is that setting numerical targets is not enough. Even though the world has achieved stunning progress and many countries have made impressive gains, when we look closely, stark differences and inequities appear between and within countries.

A Year in Service of Midwives -- A Lifetime Honour

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.29.2015 | 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.

Charlotte Alfred

South Sudan's Conflict Is Killing Women Far From The Battlefield | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.10.2015 | World

KUAJOK, South Sudan -- After 48 hours of agonizing labor pains, Nyibol Garang’s family still refused to bring her to the hospital. So the 23-yea...

Charlotte Alfred

Inside A South Sudanese Maternity Ward | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

KUAJOK, South Sudan -- The new mothers in Kuajok hospital in South Sudan have overcome harrowing odds to stay alive. South Sudan has the highest ma...

Fuel For Dr. Nelson, Fuel For Nathalie

Dr. Marc Edson Augustin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Marc Edson Augustin

"Have things gotten better?" International visitors often ask me, a Haitian doctor and the Associate Director of the St. Luke Foundation medical mission. The truth is not a simple one. There are two sides of the coin, and both are essential in order to understand what is happening in Haiti.

Dying From Corruption

Kate Grant | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

Maybe it's time the financial institutions and oil and diamond companies that help keep the political elite in those Porsches wake up to their complicity in this unfolding tragedy.

Fatherhood and Maternal Health: An Overlooked but Lifesaving Connection

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

It goes without saying that Father's Day is a time to celebrate the important role that a father plays in his children's lives. As a father (and, recently, a grandfather), this role has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

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...

Celebrating Midwives, Givers of Life

Isabella Lövin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Isabella Lövin

Although maternal and infant mortality rates have dropped by half since 1990, about 800 women still die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Of these, 99 percent are women and girls in developing countries.

No Maternal Health Without Clean Water

Katie Millar, MPH, RN | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Katie Millar, MPH, RN

What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.

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

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.

Conception is at Home but Delivery is at the Hospital -- Changing Behaviors in Southern Kenya

Bob Kelty | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Bob Kelty

Top Kenyan marathons have joined together to raise funds to reduce the unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality. These marathoners are passionate about this issue because most of them have been personally affected.

289,000 Reasons Why Health Workers Count For Mothers

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Growing up in Senegal, I lived in what we in the global health community might call a "pronatalist" environment -- meaning that women and communities prefer large families. Contraception was, and often still is, difficult to come by, and many women die as a result of childbirth complications (289,000 per year worldwide, in fact).

The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health Facilities

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

For women in the world's most economically deprived countries, collecting water is a key part of preparing to give birth -- if they are lucky enough to have a source of water that they can use.

Every Child Deserves To Come Into This World Safe And Sound

Anne Parris | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Anne Parris

All four of my children received something 8 million children a year don't get -- a safe birth. So many children around the world have enormous needs due to poverty, political instability, natural disaster, or epidemic diseases like Ebola or measles. I encourage you to do more than worry.