New Tool to Track Maternal Mortality

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has introduced a new tool in India to help health-care experts, policymakers, and local communities understand the causes of the high rates of maternal mortality across the country. The tool, known as the Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry and Response (MAPEDIR), has collected data and analyzed the cases of some 1,600 women. 

Why is Africa Plagued with Maternal Mortality?

There's a great blog post on RH Reality Check today about maternal mortality in Africa: On Maternal Mortality, Why Africa Falls So Far Behind. In the post, Edna Adan Ismail lists some of the reasons why African women die in pregnancy and childbirth.

US Legislation Passes in the Senate

WASHINGTON DC – The US Senate unanimously passed legislation this week that recognizes quality and affordable maternal health care as a basic human right. The legislation, introduced by Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) also calls on the US to make a stronger commitment to reducing maternal mortality both at home and abroad.

Kangaroo Mother Care

Check out this video about the success of Kangaroo Mother Care in Malawi.

Martha Stewart Gets Onboard!

Watch this video clip of Martha Stewart talking about the dinner hosted by Sarah Brown, Wendi Murdoch and Queen Rania last week in NYC.

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