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Maternal Mortality

Bees Pollinate Possibilities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we highlight seven grantees whose projects range from arts and animal rights to environmentalism and education. ...

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 ...

Tackle TB to Reduce Maternal Deaths: No Time for Complacency

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

We must establish integrated health systems that address all of the health needs of mothers and their children. Only then, can we begin to say that we are delivering real results for women in need across the globe.

The World Is Getting Better -- People Need to Know That If We Want More Progressive Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Making progressive change isn't easy. It requires activism, sound political strategy, and endurance. But we also need something less tangible: faith that the future can be better than the present.

Gender Equality and Equity in Health Will Anchor Drive Towards Sustainable National Development

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

That advocacy drive by the Government of Kenya and UNFPA has culminated in an innovative project that is now being implemented in six of the forty seven counties with the highest maternal and child deaths.

A Pro-Faith, Pro-Choice Response to Rev. Rob Schenck's Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gun Agenda

Katey Zeh | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Katey Zeh

What does being pro-life mean in a world in which giving birth to new life causes so many women to lose their own?

How Text Messages Are Saving Moms From Dying During Childbirth

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.30.2016 | Impact

IDENAU, Cameroon, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Julianna Senze, 40, had been in heavy labour for eight hours when she arrived at the Idenau ...

Joy and Pain: One Film Director Thoughtfully Depicts the Spectrum of Childbirth in the Black Community

Elizabeth Dawes Gay | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Dawes Gay

As we celebrate International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, the documentary The American Dream shares varied maternity experiences in Black women's own voices.

Looming U.S. Zika Threat Highlights Perennial Low-Birth Weight Crisis for Black Moms

Catherine Cubbin | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Catherine Cubbin

As Zika makes its way north, pregnant women should be concerned about small babies, not only small heads. Despite being world-class and first-rate in every way, for at least a century, the United States has been satisfied in accepting the fact that some newborn babies just won't make it, especially black ones.

Dying To Give Birth: 3 Reasons American Women Are Dying of Pregnancy Complications

Samina Ali | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Samina Ali

If you believe that maternal mortality is an issue that doesn't affect women in the U.S., think again.

Maternal Monday - Translating Social Action into Maternal Education

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.22.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Social Media Week in Nigeria this #MaternalMonday is especially inspiring as it allows us to mark the coming together of maternal advocacy and social media. To celebrate, we are highlighting what we have achieved through our social media advocacy and health educational antenatal classes

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 giving birt...

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.