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Maternal Mortality

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.

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.

Maternal, Newborn and Infant Mortality: Global Leaders Must Act

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

At this G8 Summit, it's time we started to put an end to maternal, newborn and infant mortality. Every day, nearly 1,000 women and 22,000 children under five will die in a world where most of these deaths are entirely preventable.

Honor Thy Mother: Reducing Maternal Mortality Worldwide

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

Somewhere in the world, one woman dies nearly every minute from a complication of pregnancy or childbirth. Rep. Yvette Clark recently introduced a bill that aims to address this fact.

Making Every Mother and Child Count: Protecting the Medically Vulnerable

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Dr. Kunchok's project serves as a model that can be replicated in regions all over the world where there are medically under-served populations, especially in areas where there are high rates of maternal and infant deaths.

World Vision on Disappointing Findings of G8 Accountability Report: Plan Needed to Address Lagging Progress on Commitments

World Vision | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
World Vision

The G8 represent the bulk of the world's wealth. They need to take effective, courageous steps that will change the state of the world's poorest people substantially.

U.S. bucks the trend on maternal mortality

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Worldwide, the news is good. The U.S. is the exception. The big news from The Lancet is that maternal mortality -- the number of women who die in pre...

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.

Afghanistan: More Than a Country of War

Holly Frew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Holly Frew

In the U.S., we hear the ongoing war in Afghanistan consistently reported in the media, but what we don't hear about is the country's deteriorated health system.

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 ...

Africa's Toughest Challenge Is About to Enter Overtime

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Huge sums of money have been spent getting South Africa ready for the World Cup. If only the rich world saw the investment potential to bring the disadvantaged out of extreme poverty and hunger.

Let Women Deliver For Us All

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

This study should drive us to do more: to advocate for necessary policy changes and to push for funding increases for maternal health. We know progress is possible.