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Maternal Mortality

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

Misleading Evidence: Why Maternal Mortality Rates In The U.S. Are Not Plummeting

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

More than twice and three times as many mothers die now as did in 1996. Currently, about 800 women in the United States and 287,000 women globally die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. That's one woman dying every two minutes from complications we know how to prevent.

Living Miracles: Celebrating Child and Maternal Survival in Washington

Katherine Marshall | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Many parts of the world have yet to experience the transformation that modern medicine and better public health can bring, but there is rapid progress and very reasonable hope that we will soon live in a world where all families experience this miraculous change.

Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be In The Heart Of Decision-Making

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

I know from my experience as a midwife and an academic that midwifery is the best value option for delivering high-quality maternal and newborn care. By a long way, investing in well-educated midwives can give a 16-fold return on investment.

Anna Almendrala

This Is The Deadliest Industrialized Country For Pregnant Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents

American maternal mortality rates rose over a 20-year period at a rate that places the U.S. in the company of war-torn countries like Afghanistan and ...

Global Issues Are Connected to Local Issues

K. Sujata | Posted 07.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Both internationally and domestically, maternal health is at the center of concern, especially as we near the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals that focus on preventable child and maternal deaths.

A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.

Celebrate Mother's Day: Reduce America's Maternal Mortality

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While flowers and greeting cards are thoughtful, millions of American women need something more important on this Mother's Day: lifesaving preventive health care.

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.

My Mother's Gift

Anne Addison | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thought is, "Am I going to die?" When a woman finds out she's pregnant, she doesn't think, "Am I going to die?" It is the furthest thing from her mind.

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.

International Women's Day: The Overlooked and Underemphasized Role of Men in Maternal Health

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

If we are to make real strides in reducing maternal deaths, we need all hands on deck -- hands of both women and men. The U.N. Women's "He for She" campaign stresses this truth.

Progress Is 'Unequal And Fragmented' For Women: UN Report

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.13.2014 | Impact

Though fewer women are dying during childbirth and access to education has increased in the past 20 years, many of these gains are not reaching women ...

Women and Children's Lives Can Be Saved

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Madeleine M. Kunin

We know how to prevent the 900,000 maternal deaths that occur every year in the world. And one million babies could be saved each year if they had better nutrition and health care.

To Achieve Good Health We Need Good Education

Sarah Brown | Posted 03.24.2014 | World
Sarah Brown

Basic education and learning is too often neglected when dividing up aid and young boys and girls are held back for years - if not a lifetime - by the absence of good schooling mindful of the life skills and employment skills that will serve them well.

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.

Saving Women's Lives in the World's Newest Country

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

She is one of 14 million women who experience excessive blood loss following childbirth every year, making postpartum hemorrhage the leading cause of maternal deaths.

What No One Is Talking About: Maternal Deaths, Mental and Physical Trauma in the United States

Timoria McQueen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Timoria McQueen

I hope that by sharing my story, I can help bring some (needed) attention to maternal health, PTSD and how the two can go hand-in-hand. Motherhood, in general, can be a very isolating experience, but when you suffer a trauma as a result of becoming a mother, it can be incredibly lonely.

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.

Inventors Gather to Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths

Oliver Subasinghe | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Oliver Subasinghe

A recent event in Washington, D.C. brought together designers, inventors and global health experts to award funding to promising products and services that may prevent maternal and newborn deaths.

The Real Reason Women Outlive Men?

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.02.2013 | Women

There are many great things about being born female, but one distinct advantage of being a woman is that we can expect to live an average of five year...

Every Woman Deserves Obstetric Care Fit for a Queen

Edna Adan Ismail | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Edna Adan Ismail

Giving birth is a difficult business for all women -- that's why it's called labor. But for tens of millions of women around the world, too often bringing new life into the world means risking their own.

What Colombia Can Teach the US About Abortion

Courtenay Strickland | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Courtenay Strickland

You don't have to imagine what it would be like if abortion rights in the U.S. were widely curtailed. All you have to do is look at the countries that currently have restrictive laws. What you will find is that abortion still happens. It's just secret and illegal, and more often than not, highly unsafe.

Here & Now

K. Sujata | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

No matter where you focus your attention, the issues affecting women and girls are vital to the well-being of our world. There are bold, resilient and powerful women right here in Chicago who are confronting these issues head on with innovative or proven solutions.