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Maternal Mortality

Nigeria Contained Ebola; Can We Contain Lassa Fever and Zika Virus?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In light of the prodigious threat posed by Lassa fever to an already fragile public healthcare system, WBFA and I will also facilitate capacity building for healthcare workers, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), in order to minimize morbidities and mortalities resulting from the disease.

Women's Empowerment Begins With Assuring Our Girls' Right to Eat

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

In many parts of India, girls in poor families are the last to eat.

Saving Africa's Mothers With Solar Suitcases

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

In 2015, some 303,000 women died from childbirth or pregnancy-related complications. Yet that figure, disturbing as it is, is dwarfed by the number of young mothers who suffer injury, infection and disease after giving birth.

The Majority of Stillbirths Occur in Africa But How Does A Mother Deal With The Loss?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.23.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Nigeria suffers a rate of almost 43 stillbirths per 1000 births, whereas Iceland has a rate of only 1.3 per 1000 births. How can Nigeria simultaneously reduce its stillbirth rate and ensure that the 43 mothers per 1000 births are supported?

Maternal Monday -- What Was Your Moment of Obligation?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we embark on 2016 and the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals, I would like to express my gratitude to all our partners and participants since we started in 2004 as a small NGO with the aim of ending deaths in childbirth in Nigeria.

2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

Globally, 2015 will be viewed as a turning point for international development. In September, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a set of updated targets -- the Sustainable Development Goals -- to guide development efforts over the next 15 years.

Understanding the Risk of Hemorrhage During Childbirth

Lynn Erdman | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

A frightening trend is taking place in the United States -- an increasing number of women are dying during or shortly after childbirth. The number of pregnancy-related deaths increased from 7.2 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 17.8 per 100,000 live births in 2011.

The Medical Harms of Abortion Restrictions

David A. Grimes | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Enacted under the pretense of greater safety for women, oppressive abortion regulations are having a paradoxical effect: endangering American women.

Revolutionizing Better Health for 'Every Women Every Child'

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya is one of the countries where maternal health is still lagging far behind. Kenya has a tremendous opportunity to do even more to help women and children have better healthcare, and so improve their lives.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.