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Maternal Mortality

My Mother's Gift

Anne Addison | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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.

Cora Neumann: Sometimes, It's Good to Breathe

Cora Neumann | Posted 08.01.2013 | Women
Cora Neumann

In order to move our powerful and important work to the next level, we must remember to breathe. To contemplate. To take a step back and critically analyze our progress, approach and the level of thoughtful engagement we are giving to our work and mission.

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

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.

What the World Needs Now Is Girl-Centered Advocacy

Denise Dunning | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Following a gradual evolution of development priorities, the global community now recognizes that investing in girls is one of the most successful strategies to alleviate poverty, reduce infant and maternal mortality, and improve health and educational outcomes.

Nigeria: Make Health Care Facilities Safe and Accessible

World Pulse | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
World Pulse

When it comes time for a woman to face the real dangers of delivering a child, she often finds herself at the mercy of her circumstances. Olutosin Oladosu-Adebowale reports on her personal experience in Nigeria's hospitals.

Defusing the Maternal Health Bomb

Jensine Larsen | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

It was 11pm and the doctor still had not arrived at the maternity ward in Nairobi, Kenya. Seven women in early labor, three in active labor--all had fear in their eyes. Okeny-Lucia was one of only two midwives in the labor ward, and she was rushing from mother to mother.

Inspired to Make a Difference in Maternal Health

Sarah David | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Sarah David

Working in a hospital that treats all patients despite their ability to pay made it very difficult to stomach the struggle that pregnant women face when accessing health services in poor countries.

Fighting Against FGM in Somaliland

Brenda Ray | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Brenda Ray

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEdna Adan not only trains mid-wives so they can return to their rural environment and provide pre-natal and birthing support, but also teaches them to carry with them the message that genital mutilation of any girl or woman does not serve them.

One Goal: Decreasing Newborn and Maternal Mortality

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgEdna Adan Ismail has literally committed everything she has to achieve one purpose: decreasing the newborn and maternal mortality rate in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.