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Maternal Mortality

Connectivity Is Key To Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

In the spring I travelled to Barcelona for the GSM Association's World Congress, with 49,000 participants spread between mobile phone-related 1,300 ve...

Money, Money, Money at the UN -- Will $40 Billion Rescue Pregnant Mothers and Their Infants?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Wall Street starts a worldwide recession and donors are contributing less money than ever to the ambitious UN plan to slash poverty. But the world body nonetheless believes it can garner a startling $40 billion in new money.

Maternal Mortality: A Health Issue. A Feminist Issue. A Race Issue. America's Issue.

Janine Balekdjian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine Balekdjian

The USA has a dirty little secret about maternal health care. Our rates of maternal mortality are some of the highest in the developed world and they've actually been growing.

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.

Millennium Development Goals: World Leaders Convene To Assess Progress

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Ten years ago, world leaders from 189 countries signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration, pledging to fight global poverty. The plan laid out ...

African Activists' Struggle to Improve Maternal Health

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

New UN statistics released last week show that world leaders are struggling to keep their promise of cutting the maternal mortality ratio by 75 pe...

Maternal Mortality: Can We Talk About Sex (at the UN)?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

No doubt prenatal care, malnutrition, access to a hospital and skilled professionals could prevent most maternal deaths. But the squeamishness of talking about family planning -- in short sex -- is a no-no in many nations.

New Global Maternal Mortality Data Offers Hope

Anika Rahman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anika Rahman

Today, along with advocates and women around the world, I feel a moment of triumph at the news that maternal death has declined by one-third globally.

A Matter of Life and Death: The Preventable Crisis of Maternal Mortality

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Too many people of faith are unaware of the tragic and unending scale of maternal mortality. To bring attention to this global tragedy, we are calling on religious leaders to become involved.

Giving Every Daughter a Mother

Elizabeth Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Adler

Maternal mortality is a tragedy of global inequity. But if we commit ourselves to changing the health care delivery systems that fail poor, rural women, we can eliminate this tragedy.

Millennium Development Goals: Time Is Running Out

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Navi Pillay

Development cannot be a project imposed on people but must be a common journey led by the people themselves. A human rights approach to development is essential: it puts people in control of their own lives.

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.

Why Protests Aren't What we Should Remember About The G8

Liya Kebede | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liya Kebede

Last weekend, the G8 leaders made a $5 billion commitment to maternal health. Combined with pledges from other donors, this will prevent 64,000 women from dying in childbirth and save 1.3 million young lives.

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.

The Struggle to Protect Maternal Health Abroad

Amb. Mark Green | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amb. Mark Green

While we naturally think of Mothers Day in American terms, I can't help but think of that woman I met -- long since passed away -- and those like her who are battling each and every day for the future of their children.

Mother's Day Mission: Help Reduce Maternal Mortality in the Developing World

Liya Kebede | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liya Kebede

Every year we celebrate mothers and the profound impact they have on our lives, but this celebration is cheapened if we continue turning our backs on mothers in the developing world.

Taking Mother's Day to Capitol Hill and Beyond

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Mother's Day should be a time to take stock of what each of us can do to make things better for all mothers and children, not only here at home, but in other parts of the world.

Love Your Mother, Save Another

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cristina Page

Unlike many of the world's problems, making huge strides in the fight against maternal mortality is actually easy. And relatively inexpensive too. There are things we can all do.

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.

Mothers Have Delivered for Us -- Now Let's Deliver for Them

Dr. Mark Dybul | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Mark Dybul

The interconnectedness of disease teaches us that without a healthy mother, a child is 10 times more likely to die in the first years of life, is less likely to be fed and is less likely to go to school.

Invest Smart, Invest in Moms

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ann M. Veneman

By investing in maternal health, we would not only benefit from increased moral standing and goodwill, but we also help create a safer, more stable world.

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.

Making Preventing Maternal Mortality Within Reach

Susan Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan Davis

While the UN says that the world is on track to reach the first Millennium Development Goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015, progress toward reducing maternal mortality by 75% by 2015 remains disappointing.

Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan: A Way Forward

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

Afghanistan is now ranked second worst in the world when it comes to maternal mortality. But there is hope on the horizon.