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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?

Together We Can Break Down the Usual Barriers that Prevent Change

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

When I teamed up with community members, health workers and District leaders to conduct an assessment of the nine health centers in Lira, Uganda we found out that none of them had running water.

WHO Are You Talking About?

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.05.2016 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

Governments and WHO decision makers met with citizen representatives to hear their views and give their responses on women's and children's health. It has taken 68 years so far, but the people now have a voice during the World Health Assembly. Just.

Global Development's Latest Challenge: Conference Fatigue

Adam Lewis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

They say those who can't do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.

One Woman's Work To Highlight The True Cost Of A Mother's Life Lost

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Remie's son survived, but has cerebral palsy. His therapies are demanding and expensive. Like his older siblings, he is now motherless. Tragedies like Remie's are a too common occurrence in Uganda. Each day, 17 mothers die from pregnancy or birth-related complications and 106 newborns die.

Holding the World Bank Accountable for Reproductive Health Commitments

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

As an advocate for maternal and newborn health, a women who nearly died during childbirth, and a mother of a son and two daughters, I am committed to this issue because I have seen the power of investing in reproductive health, which is not just good politics and sound economics, it is also the right thing to do.

Respectful Care With a Sense of Momentum

Brigid McConville | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brigid McConville

It remains a scandal that childbirth is the leading cause of death for young women in many countries -- and that is fortunately a far cry from birth in the UK. But the concept of dignity, our universal rights to respect and care during childbirth, connect all mothers and midwives, wherever we live.

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy World

Betsy McCallon | Posted 05.09.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

When mothers die, girls are often pulled out of school to keep the home going. They lose their childhood and may become mothers while they are still children themselves; those who give birth before their 15th birthday are five times more likely to die in childbirth.

Maternal Death: Making It a Thing of the Past

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgPlease join us in making needless maternal deaths a thing of the past -- for girls and women everywhere.

White Ribbon Alliance Reports on Keeping Promises, Measuring Results

Rose Mlay | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Rose Mlay

In New York City, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) convened a meeting to present key findings of three new publications examining progress on commitments made to improving women's and children's health.

Citizens' Voice

Dr. Farhana Ahmad | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Dr. Farhana Ahmad

We must ensure that women -- especially young women -- are aware of their rights and empowered to demand family planning services and that they are able to do this regardless of where they live, or how much money they have.

Global Motherhood: Pushing For Family Planning To Save Lives

Tonte Ibraye | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Tonte Ibraye

On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, the U.K. Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will host the ground breaking London Summit on Family Planning.

The Suffering of Girls Must Stop

Dr. Jamela Saleh Alraiby | Posted 08.22.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jamela Saleh Alraiby

My dream is that every Yemeni girl has the chance to education and can live a safe life, not threatened by a forced marriage when she is only a child.

Giving Mothers a Very Special Gift

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother's Day? There are many answers, but one is a healthy life for her and her child. This Mother's Day, let's sharpen our resolve to ensure mothers everywhere have children who are born HIV-free.

This Is What Being a Mother Looks Like

Donna Karan | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Donna Karan

In honor of Mother's Day, I want to invite you to join me on this journey of advocating for all mothers everywhere. It is an act of love, it is a celebration of life and it is a promise for an inspired tomorrow.

The Power of a Mother

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Rep. Barbara Lee

The confidence and courage of the mothers of Uganda was so inspiring -- to come together as a village and rely on each other's business skills for success was a valuable reminder of the power of a mother.

Stand Up for Moms and Babies Around the World

Helene Gayle | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Helene Gayle

The devoted, loving women in our lives deserve a special day of thanks for all they have done and continue to do. On this Mother's Day though, we're asking you to take a moment to think about mothers you don't know, mothers who need your help.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From Closing Ceremony of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda

Gloria A. Iribagiza | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gloria A. Iribagiza

Gloria Iribaziga reports from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where the draft resolution "Access to Health as a Basic Right: The Role of Parliaments in Addressing Key Challenges to Securing the Health of Women and Children" has been unanimously passed.

White Ribbon Alliance Video Blog From the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda (VIDEO)

Nsinda Elman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Nsinda Elman

Today we speak to the first lady of Uganda and follow a Canadian delegation to visit a health center in Kampala.

WATCH: The White Ribbon Alliance Fights For Maternal Health At The IPU Assembly In Kampala: Day 2

Nsinda Elman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Nsinda Elman


White Ribbon Alliance Video Blogs from the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Kampala: Day 1 (VIDEO)

Tonte Ibraye | Posted 06.01.2012 | Impact
Tonte Ibraye

Nearly 650 Members of Parliament from over 120 countries are attending the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Kampala, Uganda -- and the health of women and children is high on the agenda.

Respect for Childbearing Women and Their Families

Lennie Kamwendo | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Lennie Kamwendo

Childbearing is supposed to be a joyful process from conception to the birth of a healthy, full-term baby without trauma to the mother. Yet it is common knowledge that many women experience abuse at the hands of health care providers.

The White Ribbon Alliance: 10 Years In

Theresa Shaver | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Theresa Shaver

Globally, we are seeing a significant decline in maternal death rates -- a one third reduction since 1990. And yet we still have a long way to go. Childbirth remains the biggest killer of young women around the world.

Give The Gift Of Life

Sarah Brown | Posted 02.12.2012 | Impact
Sarah Brown

Worldwide, pregnancy and childbirth remain the biggest killer of women of reproductive age. What's even more scandalous and heartbreaking is that almost all of these deaths can be prevented.