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Global Maternal Health

Kenya Is Poised to End Maternal Deaths, Led by the First Lady

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

There is great momentum in Kenya to end the terrible tragedy of women, infants and children dying needlessly. The First Lady of Kenya has kicked the ball towards ending maternal deaths and now the Governors must ensure that it is pushed through the goal posts.

The HeartString: Counting Where it Matters for Maternal Health

Barry Segal | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Imagine it is pouring rain. You are deep in a village, it is nighttime with no electricity, no phone, and you are miles from a road. These are often the circumstances when Ato Rose, a traditional midwife in Northern Uganda, attends a birth.

Time to Deliver Better Care to the World's Mothers

Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD

In just a few months, the new year will usher in the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- a series of eight goals created by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 intended to aid international growth and improvement.

All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In the United States, eight out of every 1,000 children born die before age 5 every year. In Mali, that number is 16 times higher, according to UNICEF. Globally, 6.6 million children -- almost New York City's entire population -- die before they turn 5.

Mothers Helping Mothers

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

On Mother's Day, these women are celebrating mothers around the world who understand the challenges their fellow mothers face and work tirelessly on their behalf to ensure they stay alive, healthy and able to care for their children.

Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.

Women Who Inspire: Maternal Health In Karamoja

Diane Fender | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Diane Fender

In rural villages, urban centers, hospitals and communities around the world women, and girls are leaders, visionaries and investors on the front lines of change. Though their stories are often untold, throughout history women and girls have shaped the fabric of societies.

Resource Mothers: Women Healing Women

Nancy Jallo | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact
Nancy Jallo

Inequality in healthcare delivery for mothers and their children is an issue that continues to plague developing regions leading to the deaths of more than 1,000 women every day.

25 Leading Tweeters on Maternal Health

Jennifer James | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

Whenever I look for up-to-date maternal health information I turn to these 25 tweeters. For me, these are the leading maternal health Twitter accounts on the Net. I also want to hear what you think.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

Time for New Revolutions in Global Health Care

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

Necessity dictated that I learn rapidly, so I was taught by an operating assistant. Using a small generator to provide light and suction, ether for anesthesia and nursing aids, I was able to carry out many life-saving C- sections, often in the dead of night.

Why Older Women Are So Vital To A Country's Economic Success

Michael Hodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Politicians and marketers take note: by mid-century, nearly 20 percent of the world's population will be women aged 50 and over, numbering nearly two-billion in total. Indeed, as the global population ages, the female demographic surges ahead.

For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death

Kelly Yee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kelly Yee

We know that obstetric fistula is easily preventable. And yet, millions of African women suffer from the condition. As we help mothers around the world improve their lives through education, resources, and other aid, we need to first convey the basic underlying tenet to the mother: She is worth it.

Making the Most of a Golden Minute

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

What can you accomplish in one minute? You could put away your shoes or read 250 words--but with the right training, you could save a newborn's life. Here's how.

21 Inspiring Portraits Of Frontline Health Workers Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

Michael Bzdak, Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

For millions of people in remote and rural areas around the world, frontline health workers are the only link to health care. Often based in the commu...

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

No Mother Should Have To Die Giving Life

Catherine Ojo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Ojo

Nigeria is a hard place to be a mom. As a midwife there, I should know. Many women who are in need of medical care there don't get it for a variety of reasons. Either they can't afford it, they live too far from a health facility, or their husbands haven't allowed them to go. Some women literally die waiting for this permission.

Maternal Health Is A Social Issue, Too

Molly Melching | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Melching

In Senegal and throughout West Africa, deeply-rooted social norms are meant to protect and support a woman and her child throughout her pregnancy and after the birth. Unfortunately, these beliefs can also put the mother and child's health at risk.

Education Is the Way to a Healthier Country

Afghan Institute of Learning | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Afghan Institute of Learning

In addition to watching my brothers and sisters die, I was worried that my mother would end up like the other women I saw carried to the graveyard after perishing during childbirth. I am lucky that my mother survived, and my family's story, while very sad, is all too common in Afghanistan.

Now Is the Time to Invest in Girls and Women

Jill Sheffield | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

Investing in the health of girls and women is a solution to every development problem. Focusing on this key issue will alleviate poverty, stabilize societies, spur economies and advance the well-being of families, communities, and ultimately, our world overall.

Living on the Ledge: Maternal Mental Health and the MotherWoman Model

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

So often in hearing the stories of women in my research I get a sense of mothers living on the ledge of their lives--out there all alone, sleep depriv...

A Great Divide: Bridging Gaps Between Maternal and Mental Health

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

Maternity care and mental health care are both lacking in our otherwise incredibly developed nation. Combine these two and you have the perfect storm...

International Nurses Day: Celebrating Nurses Around the Globe

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

While their circumstances are all very different, one theme has been present in every country I've visited -- the undeniable role nurses play in maintaining the health and well-being of their communities.